Awards and Recognition Committee

Statement of Purpose:
"Solicit and judge nominees for annual WAFWA awards".

Tony Wasley, Chair
Nevada Department of Wildlife
1100 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89512
Phone: 775-688-1599
E-mail: twasley@ndow.org


WAFWA Awards

None, one or more, or all of the following awards may be presented annually, as determined by the Awards and Recognition Committee, after the nomination process is completed.

Pogue-Elms Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

A WAFWA member agency may nominate an officer based on one or more of the following:

Contributions to fish and wildlife law enforcement.
Exceptional leadership, skill, or ingenuity in the performance of their duty.
Contributions to areas of applied technology in fish and wildlife enforcement.
Contributions that brought credit to their agency or the field of fish and wildlife enforcement that were unique or original.

Nominations must be for an individual (this is not a group award) and the nominee must be a natural resource officer. Nominations will not be more then two pages in length. Nominations for this award only should be submitted electronically to Ron Day at rday@azgfd.gov no later than April 15. 

Nominations must include the following:

Member state/province:
Name and title of nominee:
Name and title of person making recommendation:

*The term "officer" includes all persons who are commissioned as law enforcement officers and have the authority and duty to enforce law pertaining to fish and wildlife resources. "Officer" includes (but not limited to) work titles such as: wildlife officer; district officer; conservation officer, wildlife conservation officer, natural resource officer, and renewable resource officer.

Outstanding WAFWA Contributor of the Year Award

This award is presented to an employee of a member agency for outstanding contributions to a WAFWA-sponsored project or initiative that furthers the conservation goals and objectives of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Professional of the Year

This award is presented to an employee of a member agency for the greatest contribution to the management, protection or enhancement of fish and wildlife resources. A career of outstanding contributions will normally overshadow a one-time program unless that one-time program has a far reaching magnitude.

Commission/Board of the Year

This award is presented to the Commission/Board that made a significant contribution to the management, protection or enhancement of fish and wildlife resources within the past five years. A contribution that has long-term or major impacts on resources will overshadow routine activities.

Phillip W. Schneider Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to the individual under the following criteria:

Long-term commitment to fish and wildlife resources and the stewardship thereof;
Outstanding achievements on behalf of those resources as well as in the field of fish and wildlife management;
Fostering a vision for the future preservation, conservation and utilization of those resources and an ability to affect change toward that vision;
An affiliation of some type with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The award to be distinguished from the Outstanding Citizen Award (normally given for a specific project or accomplishment) and the Professional of the Year Award (usually given to an outstanding director or high level manager);
Could, but not necessarily, be given annually with future Awards Committees recognizing the significant honor this special award will hold;
All future awardees should be given a write-up on the major contributions and accomplishments of Phillip W. Schneider, so not only his name, but his achievements will be remembered.

Honorary Life Membership in the Association

This award is presented to a former employee of a member agency or a commission/board member who was an active participant in the affairs of the Association, and whose leadership helped further the mission of the Association.

Other

Other awards may be presented depending on the Committee's determination, such as Outstanding Citizen Wildlife Contributor, Special Achievement Award, etc.

Criteria considered by the Awards and Recognition Committee may include:

Geographical area impacted
Resource magnitude
Long-term magnitude
Innovative or unusual contribution