RNRF conducts national conferences, congressional forums,
public-policy briefings and round tables, international
outreach activities, and a national awards program.
The Foundation has three annual awards to recognize outstanding achievements in the renewable resources fields. Two of the awards—established in 1992—were the first awards to honor interdisciplinary achievements with an emphasis on the application of sound scientific practices in managing and conserving renewable natural resources.
Achievement Award recognizes a long-term
contribution and commitment to the protection and
conservation of natural resources by an individual.
The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a project, publication, piece of legislation, or similar concrete accomplishment that occurred during the three years prior to nomination for the award. (An individual cannot receive this award.)
RNRF's Excellence in Journalism Award, established in 2001, honors and encourages excellence in print journalism about natural resources. RNRF seeks to advance public education and understanding of important natural resource issues through the dissemination of accurate and scientifically-based information about the environment. The award recognizes work by an individual, group, or organization for print media (such as a book, on-line report, or article/feature in a newspaper, magazine, journal, or newsletter).
RNRF also awards a Chairman's
Award for professional service to the
RNRF is now accepting nominations for the 2015 awards
here for more information.
Nomination deadline: May 29, 2015
1992 - Gilbert F. White, Boulder, Colorado
1993 - Marion Clawson, Washington, District of Columbia
1994 - E. William Anderson, Lake Oswego, Oregon
1995 - William E. Larson, St. Paul, Minnesota
1996 - William M. Lewis Jr., Boulder, Colorado
1997 - William B. Stapp, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1998 - Jane Lubchenco, Corvallis, Oregon
1999 - Jack Ward Thomas, Missoula, Montana
2000 - William J. Carroll, Pasadena, California
2001 - John Cairns Jr., Blacksburg, Virginia
2002 - Edward O. Wilson, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2003 - Michael P. Dombeck, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
2004 - L. Pete Heard, Madison, Mississippi
2005 - V. Phillip Rasmussen Jr., Logan, Utah
2006 - Heidi Margrit McAllister, Silver Spring, Maryland
2007 - Cecil Lue-Hing, Burr Ridge, Illinois
2008 - William Matuszeski, Washington, District of Columbia
2009 - Frank H. Wadsworth, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
2010 - William H. Schlesinger, Millbrook, New York
2011 - Richard B. Alley, University Park, Pennsylvania
2012 - Frederick R. Steiner, Austin, Texas
2013 - Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr, Nashville, Tennessee
2014 - Lynn Scarlett, Arlington, Virginia
Lynn Scarlett is Recipient of 2014 Sustained Achievement Award
Lynn Scarlett is the recipient of
RNRF’s 2014 Sustained Achievement Award. The Sustained
Achievement Award recognizes a long-term contribution and
commitment to the protection and conservation of natural
resources by an individual. Scarlett has been advancing
natural resources science, policy, and publication for 25
years. She works actively on landscape-scale conservation,
ecosystem services, biodiversity protection, climate, and
From 1985 until 2001, Scarlett developed and implemented strategies for citizen stewardship of natural resources at the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles, initially as a research director and policy analyst, and briefly as its president before joining the George W. Bush Administration.
In 2001, Scarlett was appointed assistant secretary and subsequently deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. She created an administrative framework to guide the department’s public outreach and public-private partnerships for the purpose of enhancing conservation at landscape scales to address land, water, and wildlife conservation challenges. She is widely recognized as the primary author of the idea, policy, and practice of “cooperative conservation.”
Since leaving the department in 2009, Scarlett has taught courses on climate change and landscape conservation at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environment Science and Management as a Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. She has also served as co-director at Resources for the Future’s Center for Management of Ecological Wealth, providing strategic planning and policy research on climate change, energy, ecosystem services, and land conservation.
Currently, Scarlett serves as The Nature Conservancy’s managing director for public policy. She oversees all of The Nature Conservancy’s conservation policy and government relations internationally, nationally and at state and local levels.
The award was accepted by Lynn Scarlett on October 2, 2014, at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors in Potomac, Maryland.
1992 - Water Resources Education Initiative (accepted by a consortium of nonprofits and federal agencies)
1993 - Illinois Rivers Project (accepted by Illinois River Project, Inc.)
1994 - Continental Conservation Plan (accepted by Ducks Unlimited)
1995 - Manatee Messages Educational Video (accepted by Save the Manatee Club)
1996 - Florida Marine Spill Analysis System (accepted by Florida Department of Environmental Protection)
1997 - Bruneau River Elk Management National Demonstration Area (accepted by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)
1998 - New Jersey Shore Cleanup Initiative (accepted by a public/private partnership)
1999 - Guest River Restoration Project (accepted by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
2000 - Snow Goose/Arctic Ecosystem Education Initiative (accepted by Ducks Unlimited)
2001 - Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes, and Practices (accepted by NRCS on behalf of a consortium of federal agencies including ARS, CSREES, USFS, EPA, TVA, FEMA, NOAA/NMFS, USACE, HUD, BLM, BOR, FWS, NPS, USGS/BRD/WRD)
2002 - Natural Resources Leadership Course for Extension Agents (accepted by Cooperative Extension at Texas A&M University)
2003 - Seafood Lover's Almanac (accepted by National Audubon Society)
2004 - The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States (accepted by The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment)
2005 - Life at the Water's Edge: A Shoreline Resident's Guide to Natural Lakeshore and Streamside Buffers for Water Quality Protection (accepted by Cooperative Extension at Clemson University)
2006 - Putting Communities in Charge: A Progress Report on an Educational Support System for Local Land Use Decision Makers (accepted by the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program of Cooperative Extension at the University of Connecticut)
2007 - National Coastal Assessment (accepted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Gulf Ecology Division)
2008 - Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (accepted by Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Governor's Office of Coastal Activities)
2009 - Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, an exhibition in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History
2010 - Michigan's Water Withdrawal Assessment Process (accepted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment)
2011 - LEED for Neighborhood Development (accepted by U.S Green Building Council in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council)
2012 - Changing Planet (accepted by NBC Learn/NBC News in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Discover magazine)
2013 - Chasing Ice (accepted by Jeff Orlowski, director, producer and cinematographer)
2014 - Sustainability: Water (accepted by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation)
Sustainability: Water is
Recipient of 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award
Water is the recipient of RNRF’s 2014 Outstanding
Achievement Award. This award recognizes a project,
publication, piece of legislation, or similar concrete
accomplishment in the natural resources field.
This informative online video series was produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Sustainability: Water is a seven-part collection of detailed stories explaining significant challenges to managing the water supply in selected regions and cities across the United States.
|Mark Miano, NBC
The series advances public understanding of the effect of
human activity and climate variability on water and its
distribution system. Each video features an NSF-supported
scientist from a variety of fields, geographic locations,
and institutions explaining a scientific challenge and how
these challenges are affecting the water supply.
Available cost-free to teachers, students, and the public, Sustainability: Water serves as a timely educational tool. Topics covered by the videos include: flow and storage processes in the water cycle; developing water management plans for the Ogallala Aquifer; measuring snow pack and snow melt for better water management; the impact of beetle-killed trees on water quantity and quality; efforts to reduce water imports with better plans to capture, store, and reuse water; better understanding of the urban water cycle; and the impact that agricultural runoff and changes in precipitation have on nutrient flow and algal blooms. The series is available online at http://nbclearn.com/Water.
The award was accepted by Mark Miano, Executive Editor, NBC Learn, and Tom Torgersen, Program Officer, Hydrologic Sciences, NSF, on October 2, 2014, at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors in Potomac, Maryland.
2001 - Bay Journal, Karl Blankenship, editor; Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, publisher
2002 - "Georgia's Disappearing Songbirds" by Charles Seabrook, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2003 - "Our Troubled Sound" by a team of reporters led by Robert McClure, Lisa Stiffler, and Lise Olsen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2004 - "Toxic Air: Lingering Health Menace" by Jim Bruggers, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky)
2005 - "Invaded Waters" by Tom Meersman, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
2006 - "Crude Awakening" by a team of reporters, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
2007 - Platte River Odyssey, the magazine, produced by College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2008 - "Fueling Iowa's Future: Biofuels" by a team of reporters, The Des Moines Register
2009 - "Invasive Species of Oregon," Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)
2010 - The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action, a book by Ned Tillman
2011 - Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children Ages 3-7, produced by Council for Environmental Education
2012 - "Reversing 300 years of damage / A movement is under way to purge the trash, bacteria and pollution that have long infected the city's heart" by Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun
2013 - Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis, a book by Cheryl Colopy
2014 - "Mahogany's Last Stand" by Scott Wallace, freelance writer, published in National Geographic Magazine
"Mahogany's Last Stand" is
Recipient of 2014 Excellence in Journalism Award
Last Stand,” written by Scott Wallace for National
Geographic Magazine, is the recipient of RNRF’s 2014
Excellence in Journalism Award. The award honors and
encourages excellence in print journalism about natural
resources, part of RNRF’s goal to advance public education
and understanding of important natural resources issues
through dissemination of accurate and scientifically-based
information about the environment.
“Mahogany’s Last Stand” is an in-depth investigation into the illegal timber trade in Peru and its devastating impact on ecosystems and indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest. To research his story, Wallace traveled to several remote watersheds to witness firsthand the social and environmental upheaval caused by illegal logging activities.
In 2001, Peru emerged as one of the world's largest
suppliers of mahogany after Brazil declared a moratorium
on logging big-leaf mahogany. The influx of logging
activities has stripped many of Peru's watersheds of their
most valuable trees. The last stands of mahogany are now
nearly all restricted to indigenous lands, national parks,
and territorial reserves set aside to protect isolated
tribes. Now, illicit practices are believed to account for
75% of the annual Peruvian timber harvest, threatening
both indigenous communities and critical habitats for
The article has had a significant impact in Peru and in global markets. It has led authorities to title indigenous lands in the Alto Tamaya River basin to combat illegal logging. It has also led authorities to implement a nationwide plan to bolster the protection of forest reserves set aside for highly vulnerable, isolated tribes. Internationally, importers of tropical hardwoods are implementing more stringent safeguards when sourcing timber from the Amazon and elsewhere
The article can be read online: Mahogany's
Last Stand. On September 11, 2014, National
Geographic published a tragic follow-up article written by
Homicide in Peruvian Amazon Puts Criminal Logging in
Spotlight: Peru's president announces investigation into
murder of a community leader who foretold his own
killing by criminal loggers."
RNRF's Excellence in Journalism Award was presented on October 2, 2014, at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors in Potomac, Maryland. Wallace was unable to attend the ceremony, but prepared the following remarks:
|Edwin Chota in his home,
Saweto-Alto Tamaya, Peru, 2011.
© Scott Wallace
"It is a great honor for me to
be the recipient of Renewable Natural Resources
Foundation's Excellence in Journalism Award. I would
like to thank the Foundation and the Board of
Directors for bestowing this honor. I apologize for
not being able to receive this award in person.
As some of you may have heard, four indigenous community leaders were brutally murdered in Peru last month. Among the dead was Edwin Chota, one of the principal protagonists in the story which you honor today, "Mahogany's Last Stand," published April 2103 in National Geographic. All the of the victims were Ashéninka natives from Edwin Chota's community of Saweto on the Alto Tamaya River, near the border of Brazil. As I wrote in my story, Chota and his community were locked in a struggle to expel illegal loggers from their homeland and get the government to grant legal title to that land.
Edwin Chota was one of a kind --
charismatic, articulate, visionary, courageous. He
dreamed that one day his forests would be free from
the scourge of predatory loggers. He hoped to
establish an ecological reserve in the 275-square-mile
township, where his people could live sustainably from
the bounty afforded by its forested hollows and
emeral-green creeks. At great risk to himself, his
family and his community, he stood up for the rule of
law, for respect for the natural world, for the
dignity of all mankind. The murders of Edwin Chota and
the other community leaders of Saweto are an affront
to all decent, freedom-loving and peace-loving people
everywhere. They are an affront to all who fight for
the preservation of the Earth and its resources.
I hope that you will join in condemning this atrocity and demand that Peru move swiftly, not only to punish the killers, but to impose order in its chaotic timber industry. Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative should demand that Peru comply with provisions of the Free Trade Agreement to reform its logging sector.
Thank you very much for bequeathing this honor. I gratefully accept it in the name of Edwin Chota and the other martyrs of Saweto. I wish also to thank my wonderful editor at National Geographic, Oliver Payne, for his unswerving support and his uncanny ability to make my words read far better than they otherwise would, and to the National Geographic Society for its unwavering commitment to bring stories like this one to the attention of the world."
2001 - Albert A. Grant, Public Interest Member of RNRF Board of Directors, Potomac, Maryland
2002 - John S. Dickey Jr., American Geophysical Union, Washington, District of Columbia
2003 - John Marvin Jones II, JM Jones & Associates LLC, McLean, Virginia; Robert H. Metz, Linowes and Blocher LLP, Bethesda, Maryland; and
Larry E. Walker, The Walker Group LLC, Bethesda, Maryland
2004 - A.F. Spilhaus Jr., American Geophysical Union, Washington, District of Columbia
2005 - Howard N. Rosen, Society of Wood Science and Technology & USDA Forest Service, Silver Spring, Maryland; and David L. Trauger, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, Falls Church, Virginia
2006 - Sarah Gerould, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry & U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia
2007 - Enos K. Fry, Provident Bank, Gaithersburg, Maryland
2008 - Enos K. Fry, Provident Bank, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Robert H. Metz, Linowes and Blocher LLP, Bethesda, Maryland; John Marvin Jones II, JM Jones & Associates LLC, McLean, Virginia; and Larry E. Walker, The Walker Group LLC, Bethesda, Maryland
2010 - Sarah Gerould, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry & U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia
2013 - Ann Cairns, American Geophysical Union, Washington, District of Columbia
2014 - Charles B. Chesnutt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, Alexandria, Virginia