Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation


Programs

RNRF conducts national conferences, congressional forums, public-policy briefings and round tables, international outreach activities, and a national awards program.

Awards

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.

The Sustained 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 foundation.

A call for nominations will be posted here in January for the 2015 awards program.


Sustained Achievement Award Recipients


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 energy issues.

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 will be presented on October 2, 2014, at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors in Potomac, Maryland. 





Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients


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 (to be accepted by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation)

Sustainability: Water is Recipient of 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award

Sustainability: 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. 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 will be presented on October 2, 2014, at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors in Potomac, Maryland.





Excellence in Journalism Award Recipients


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

“Mahogany’s 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 forest species.

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 at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/mahogany/wallace-text.

The award will be presented on October 2, 2014, at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors in Potomac, Maryland.
 




Recipients of Chairman's Award for Professional Service to the Foundation


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

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