Organization Awards

2019 WDAFS Organization Awards

Deadline for nominations:  April 1, 2019

WDAFS gives awards to several government and non-government entities each year in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the conservation of fisheries, aquatic, and riparian resources, to AFS, and to its members.  We welcome nominations of organizations, including local, state, and federal government agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, private businesses, committees, and other entities for the awards described below. A nomination can identify more than one organization that worked on a single project, but only one entity can be named to receive the award.

Award of Special Recognition – This award is given to an organization (as defined above) whose actions have directly benefited the Western Division and its members.  Individuals (AFS member or non-member) are also eligible for this award.

Conservation Achievement Award – This award is presented to an organization (as defined above) for their efforts to promote the conservation, development, and wise use of fisheries resources within the geographical region of the western United States that comprises the Western Division.

Excellence in Riparian Management Award – Also known as the Riparian Challenge Award, this award recognizes organizations that have restored riparian systems along lakes, streams, and wetlands in the geographical region of the western United States that comprises the Western Division.  Each year, WDAFS gives an award to the implementer of an outstanding riparian project in each of the following categories: (1) U.S. Forest Service (USFS) projects; (2) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) projects; and (3) projects completed by entities other than the USFS and BLM.

Instructions for Nominating an Organization for a 2019 WDAFS Award

To nominate an organization for the Award of Special Recognition or a Conservation Achievement Award, please write a one-page description explaining why the organization deserves the award for which they are being nominated and send your nominations to WDAFS Past President Brian Missildine at  no later than April 1, 2019.

To nominate an organization for a Riparian Challenge Award, please read the instructions and download the nomination form, which are available here.  Send your nominations to Amy Sacry, Chair of the WDAFS Riparian, Watersheds and Habitat Committee at no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.

For more information, including the names of past recipients of organization awards, please visit the WDAFS website: