nominations sought for Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award | Carson City Nevada News

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners is currently seeking nominations for the 2021 Wayne E. Kirch Award for Wildlife Conservation in Nevada.

The award is presented annually to recipients who have demonstrated significant results in the conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife. An individual, non-profit organization, outdoor sports club or business may be nominated for the award. Len Warren of Nature Conservancy was the 2020 recipient of the award for his work in restoring habitats in northern and southern Nevada. Len will receive his award at the November Commission meeting.

The following criteria are taken into account when evaluating candidates:

– Duration and depth of commitment to conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife in the State of Nevada during the current calendar year.
– Influence of the person / project on the public and in presenting positive public relations regarding wildlife conservation in Nevada.
– Quantity and quality of measurable results for wildlife conservation.
– Obstacles, difficulties and personal sacrifices involved in achieving wildlife conservation goals.

A simple majority of votes from a jury consisting of two wildlife commissioners, staff from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) assigned to the Kirch Prize committee, four judges representing county advisory boards responsible for wildlife management or outdoor groups, and Marlene Kirch, daughter of former Commissioner Wayne E. Kirch.

The conservation award consists of a perpetual plaque in bronze and wood, on which is added the name of the recipient of the year. This prize is displayed at NDOW’s public offices, and each winner also receives a smaller version of the prize to keep.

This award is named in memory of Wayne E. Kirch, who served on the Fish and Game Commission for more than 25 years, the longest term on the board since its inception in 1877. Kirch proposed and championed the concept of a management area. of the state’s wildlife and has been a continuing force for wildlife conservation in Nevada. The Kirch Wildlife Management Area in southern Nevada is also named in his honor. Kirch, of Las Vegas, died in 1989.

All official nomination forms required for conservation awards are available from the Nevada Department of Wildlife regional offices or on the web at The 2021 Prize is intended for projects that took place in 2021. To be considered, applications must be received no later than November 15, 2021.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, promotes fishing, hunting and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by athlete licensing and conservation fees and a federal surtax on hunting and fishing gear. Support the conservation of wildlife and habitat in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. For more information, visit

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