Now Accepting Applications for Watershed & Wetland Stewardship Awards
MWCC and the Montana Wetland Council are now accepting applications for the Wetland & Watershed steward awards.
Application available here.
Wetland and watershed projects/activities do not need to be complete to be eligible. Nominations can be made by anyone, including oneself. Nominations are due January 15, 2017. The recipients will be selected by the Montana Watershed Coordination Council and Montana Wetland Council Stewardship Award Committee. Award selections will be made by mid-February.
Wetland & Watershed Stewardship Award winners will be honored on March 20, 2017 at the joint Montana Wetland and Watershed Awards Ceremony at the State Capitol in Helena. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend and honor the new Montana Award recipients and to celebrate and network with colleagues.
The Montana Wetland Council is requesting nominations for the 2015 Montana Wetlands Stewardship Awards, a biennial award. The Awards recognize individuals and/or teams who exemplify excellence and commitment in wetland conservation, protection, and restoration in Montana. The purpose of these awards is to recognize and honor those who have been true leaders in wetland stewardship either locally or statewide. Wetland Stewardship Awardees are role models whose stories of extraordinary commitment and effort inspire others to conserve, protect, and restore Montana’s wetlands and riparian resources.
Eligibility includes both individuals and teams. In the case of teams, these groups of individuals are intended to exemplify the collaborative process, vision, trust development, and project delivery necessary to complete successful projects. Please see following pages for a description of previous Montana Wetland Stewardship Award recipients. Three Montanans have also received National Wetland Awards in recent years at an annual award ceremony held in Washington D.C.
Two Award Recipients
Two award recipients will be selected from different types of wetland work. Examples include: conservation and restoration, education and outreach, landowner stewardship, scientific research, wetland program and/or policy development, wetland partnership development, and others. This partial list is not meant to limit consideration for excellence in an area of endeavor, so be creative in considering nominations of deserving individuals or groups beyond this list.
The Montana Watershed Coordination Council is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2015 Montana Watershed Stewardship Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor individuals and groups providing innovative, locally led approaches to conserving, protecting, restoring and enhancing watersheds in Montana. Watershed Awardees inspire others to conserve, protect, restore and enhance Montana’s watersheds.
Eligible groups may include local watershed groups, resource management groups and other collaborative efforts that aim to improve, rehabilitate, or protect land and water resources in a watershed. Individuals may also be nominated. While it should be stressed that there is no single formula for success, the guidelines for the award include the following indicators of watershed stewardship: diverse, local and effective collaboration; demonstration of measured results; community outreach and education; and a holistic approach to watershed health.
A project does not have to be completed to be eligible – simply describe the process and accomplishments to date. Award recipients are not eligible for five years following recognition; see the following page for a list of previous recipients.
PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS
2015 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: Kris Newgard, Hydrologist, USFS-Kootenai National Forest
- Watershed Award: Musselshell Watershed Coalition
- Wetland Award: Montana Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
- Wetland Award: Montana Wetland and Riparian Mapping Center
2013 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: Adam Sigler, Montana State Extension: Water Quality
- Watershed Award: Arctic Grayling CCAA Management Team
- Wetland Award: Blackfoot Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program
- Wetland Award: Valley Garden Ranch, Madison County
2011 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Group Award: Sweet Grass County Conservation District/Boulder River Watershed Association/Big Timber & Swamp Creek Watershed Group
- Watershed Individual Award: Joel Chavez & Tim Reilly, DEQ Remediation Division, Silver Bow Creek Restoration
- Wetland Award: Henry and Trish Gordon, Gordon Cattle Company
- Wetland Award: Flathead River to Lake Initiative Partners
2009 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: Yellowstone River Conservation District Council
- Watershed Individual Award: Robert Ray
- Wetland Award: Jim and Cindy Kittredge, Bird Creek Ranch
- Wetland Award: Tim Griffiths, NRCS Bozeman Area Biologist
2007 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: The Flathead Lakers – Critical Lands Project
- Wetland Award: Jim Stone, Rolling Stone Ranch, Ovando MT
- Wetland Award: Gary Sullivan, USFWS and Dave Carr, The Nature Conservancy
2006 Watershed Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: Upper Clark Fork Basin Steering Committee
- Watershed Individual Award: Alan Rollo
2005 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: Kootenai River Network
- Watershed Individual Award: Mike McLane
- Wetland Award: Lazlo Family, Granger Ranches, Madison Valley MT
- Wetland Award: Tom Hinz, Montana Wetlands Legacy Coordinator
2002/2003 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: Bitter Root Water Forum
- Wetland Award: Larry Weeks, Volunteer Restoration
- Wetland Award: Gordon Stockstad, Resources Bureau Chief, MT Dept. Transportation
2001 Watershed Award Recipients:
- Big Spring Watershed Partnership
- Upper Shields Watershed Association
- Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited / Blackfoot Challenge
2000 Award Recipients:
- Watershed Award: Careless Creek Watershed
- Watershed Award: Green Mountain Conservation District
- Watershed Award: Sage Creek Watershed Alliance
- Wetland Award: Mary Bradshaw, H2-O Ranch, Helmville
- Wetland Award: Brian Maiorano, Missoula County Floodplain Administrator
1999 Watershed Stewardship Award Recipients:
- Big Hole Watershed Committee
- Sun River Watershed