Land Conservation Leadership Awards


Sep 21, 2017  •  Monona Terrace, Madison, WI  •  5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


These annual awards recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals, policy makers, land trusts, and other groups that help protect the places that make Wisconsin special. They honor the power of committed citizens and offer inspiring examples of conservation success.

The nomination period for this year's Land Conservation Leadership Awards is now closed. We received several excellent nominations, which will be reviewed by the Awards Selection Committee in mid June. The winners will be announced soon afterwards.

This year's awards will be presented at our annual Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration on September 21, 2017, at the Monona Terrace in Madsion. The event will take place from 5:30-8:30pm and will include a silent auction featuring sports tickets, outdoor equipment, art and vacation getaways. Savory hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. We hope you'll make plans to join us to honor this year's outstanding conservation leaders!

Award Categories:

  • Land Trust of the Year – This award recognizes a land trust that demonstrates its commitment to permanently safeguard Wisconsin’s natural treasures and open lands through its leadership, achievements, projects and more.
  • Conservationist of the Year – This award recognizes individuals, organizations or groups that exhibit extraordinary commitment to Wisconsin’s land conservation movement.
  • Policy Maker of the Year – This award recognizes individuals whose dedicated efforts have helped to bring forth or strengthen policy on behalf of land conservation throughout Wisconsin.
  • Land Legacy Award – This award recognizes an individual, family, or foundation whose extraordinary generosity and philanthropic leadership through direct financial support has significantly benefited land conservation in Wisconsin.
  • Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands Preservation – This award recognizes individuals or organizations that exhibit extraordinary commitment to the preservation of Wisconsin’s working lands.
  • Award with a Harold “Bud” Jordahl Distinction – Each year, the Selection Committee receives a number of nominations describing extraordinary land conservation projects, accomplishments, pursuits, partnerships, etc., that are highly deserving of an award, but do not fit perfectly into any one award category. Under these circumstances, the Selection Committee may elect to honor such a nominee with an award bearing the Harold “Bud” Jordahl distinction. Examples from the past include the Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award, the Harold "Bud" Jordahl Partnership of the Year, the Harold "Bud" Jordahl Stewardship Award and the Harold "Bud" Jordahl Land Trust Pioneer Award.
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