The Arkansas Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards are presented each year to individuals, organizations, and corporations who have gone above and beyond in the conservation of our wildlife and natural resources. The program brings awareness of conservation practices and projects to the public by recognizing conservation leadership in Arkansas.
The award categories include:
Harold Alexander Conservationist of the Year — The highest honor presented by AWF to an individual for sustained and broadly significant conservation work.
Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year — Presented for outstanding contributions to the management, enhancement, and/or restoration of wildlife resources in Arkansas.
Dr. John L. Gray Forestry Conservationist of the Year — Presented for outstanding leadership in the management of our state’s forest resources.
Water Conservationist of the Year — Presented for outstanding contributions to the management, enhancement, and/or restoration of fisheries resources or improvement of water quality in Arkansas.
Carol Griffee Conservation Communicator of the Year — Presented for outstanding conservation media work.
Corporate Conservationist of the Year — Presented for significant efforts by an Arkansas business toward environmental restoration or habitat/resource stewardship.
Conservationist Organization of the Year — Presented for outstanding conservation achievement by a state or local organization.
Conservation Educator of the Year — Presented for outstanding performance in conservation education by a professional or volunteer.
Student Conservationist of the Year — Presented to a young Arkansan who has demonstrated conservation leadership through a personal commitment to conserving the state’s resources and protecting the environment.
Nominations are now open for all awards with a May 1 deadline for submissions. Please go to arwild.org and click the "what we do" tab, then "Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards" tab to make your nominations or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards will be presented to recipients on August 12 at the AWF Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet held at the James “Jitters” Morgan White Hall Community Center in White Hall.
Arkansas Wildlife Federation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) founded in1936 to promote conservation, responsible management and sustainable use of Arkansas’s fish, wildlife, natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities through education and advocacy. AWF is a non-partisan organization. Hunters, anglers, birders, naturalists and outdoors enthusiasts of all types make up its membership.