Call for Nominations for MPF and Grow Native! Awards
MPF is accepting nominations for awards to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions for the cause of prairies and prairie flora and fauna.
If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution in any of the five categories listed below, please send the Award Committee the name of the person, a short description about the contribution that person has made to prairies, and the award category of the nominee. Current MPF Board members are not eligible to receive an award.
All nominations must be received by the Awards Committee no later than June 15, 2016.
Awards will be announced and presented at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Annual Dinner on August 6, 2016.
BILL T. CRAWFORD AWARD, “Prairie Professional of the Year” –
The Bill T. Crawford Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the cause of prairies.
CLAIR M. KUCERA AWARD, “Prairie Landowner of the Year” –
The Clair M. Kucera Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of prairie through ownership/stewardship.
DONALD M. CHRISTISEN AWARD, ” Prairie Volunteer of the Year” – The Donald M. Christisen Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of prairies through volunteer service.
WILLIAM A. DAVIT AWARD, “Prairie Communicator of the Year” – The William A. Davit Award will be bestowed on an outstanding person who educates, communicates, advocates etc. for prairie such as teachers, writers, photographers, artists, speakers.
DICK DAWSON AWARD, “Prairie Pioneer of the Year” – The Dick Dawson Award is presented to an individual who made an outstanding contribution as an early promoter/leader to the cause of prairie conservation through activities such as advocating for the acquisition and conservation of original prairie, prairie plantings in public spaces; encouraging/assisting implementation of prairie plantings/reconstructions in privately owned landscapes; advocating or promoting prairie plantings/protection and/or promoting understanding of prairie value through research or publications.
Grow Native! Awards:
MPF’s Grow Native! program wishes to recognize an individual, business, or group in 2016 who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the use and promotion of native plants and/or native plant landscaping in the past year. This recognition is in the form of the Grow Native! Ambassador Award. The award will be presented at the Grow Native! Professional Member Conference on Nov. 9.
In 2015, Grow Native! created the Native Plant Pioneer award, to identify and honor individuals whose work was foundational to the native landscaping movement. The award will be presented at the MPF Annual Dinner on Aug. 6.
If you would like to make a nomination for either of these award categories, please email a written description of your nominee(s) to Betty Grace, Grow Native! Committee Chair, at [email protected]
. The deadline for nominations for the Native Plant Pioneer award is June
15; the deadline for nominations for the Ambassador Award is August