Call for Nominations: 2024 Land Conservation Leadership Awards

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The Call for Nominations for the 2024 Land Conservation Leadership Awards is open through Friday, March 15, 2024!

Gathering Waters offers the Land Conservation Leadership Awards to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations working to protect Wisconsin’s special places.

Award Categories

We offer awards in five categories, two of which are specifically for land trust staff and supporters:

  • Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award – our flagship award honoring an individual who has devoted their life to environmental conservation
  • Land Legacy Award – a donor and service focused award for an individual or organization that has had an impact on land conservation
  • Working Lands Preservation Award – to recognize individuals or organizations that are working specifically to protect sustainable farmlands
  • Land Trust Professional of the Year – for a staff member of a land trust (current or recently retired)
  • Land Trust Volunteer of the Year – for anyone working with a land trust in a volunteer capacity, including board members (current or recently retired)

These awards are open to land trust staff, board members, volunteers, and anyone in the wider conservation community that supports land conservation!

Tips for Submitting a Nomination

Your nomination packet needs to include two things: a completed Nomination Form and at least one Letter of Support.

The Nomination Form is where you pick the award category you’re nominating someone for and provide contact information for yourself and your nominee. You can select multiple categories if you think the person would be a good fit in more than one category.

The Letter of Support should be a 1-2 page document that functions like a recommendation letter you would write on behalf of someone for a job reference or college application. It should highlight their skills, abilities, and accomplishments. You are welcome and encouraged to submit additional Letters of Support written by others who can vouch for the nominee. Please include all Letters of Support as attachments with your nomination.

Supporting Materials, such as news articles, trail or property maps, or photos, are also great to include if you have them. These are optional, but everything you can share will help present a clearer picture of your nominee to the Selection Committee.

Find the Nomination Form and instructions, plus a link to submit a nomination online at:


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