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 2016.



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
2015 - Gerald E. Galloway Jr, College Park, Maryland

Gerald E. Galloway Jr is Recipient of 2015 Sustained Achievement Award

Gerald E. Galloway Jr. is the recipient of RNRF’s 2015 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.

Galloway is the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland – College Park and an expert on disaster resilience and mitigation, sustainable infrastructure development, water resources and energy policy, and management under climate change. He serves as consultant to federal, state, and nongovernmental agencies on water resources policy development and flood risk management.

Over the course of his 60-year career, Galloway has served in a wide range of water management, advisory and research roles. Recent appointments include Louisiana’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation (2008) and Maryland’s State Smart Coast Council (2014). In 2014 he was also appointed by the government of Singapore to a panel of experts advising on sea-level rise challenges faced by that country.

Galloway is currently serving as a member of the U.S. National Academies’ Resilience America Roundtable, a consultant on flood risk management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Task Committee on Flood Safety Policies and Practices, a consultant to The Nature Conservancy on its Yangtze River Program and the Natural Heritage Institute’s study of Climate Impacts of Dam Construction on the Mekong River Basin. He has been a member of thirteen National Academies committees studying complex water resources and geospatial management issues including U.S. ocean research science and technology priorities, river science activities of the U.S. Geological Survey, and FEMA Flood Maps.

Gerald Galloway is a civil engineer, public administrator, soldier, educator and geographer. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He served in various command and staff assignments in Germany, Southeast Asia and the U.S. during his 38-year military career. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1990 before retiring from active duty in 1995.

Galloway holds a master's degree in engineering from Princeton; a master's in public administration from Penn State (Capitol Campus), a master's in military art and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Ph.D. in geography (water resources) from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

The award will be presented on October 28, 2015, 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 (accepted by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation)
2015 - Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (to be accepted by U.S. Forest Service)

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award

The U.S. Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) is the recipient of RNRF’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award. This award recognizes a project, publication, piece of legislation, or similar concrete accomplishment in the natural resources field.

The CFLRP is an innovative approach to managing and conserving our natural resources. Authorized by the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, it accelerates restoration of high-priority landscapes through a science-based, collaborative approach. Such restoration enhances forest and watershed resiliency and promotes social, ecological and economic sustainability.

The program consists of 23 landscape projects in 14 states, all of which are greater than 50,000 acres in size. Projects are selected based on proposals collaboratively developed with diverse partner communities, accounting for over 250 local partners including counties, businesses, tribes, utility companies, nongovernmental organizations, advocacy groups and private citizens.

Through its collaborative approach, focus on integrated landscape-level work, and emphasis on adaptive management, the program addresses both the needs of forest ecosystems and the communities that rely on them. The CFLRP successfully encourages economic well-being and job growth, wildlife risk reduction, and ecosystem restoration including wildlife habitat, invasive species management, and watershed health.

More information on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLRP/.

The award will be presented on October 28, 2015, 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
2015 - "Louisiana Loses Its Boot" by Brett Anderson, freelance writer, published on Medium

"Louisiana Loses Its Boot" is Recipient of 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award

Image from Louisiana Loses Its Boot

“Louisiana Loses Its Boot,” published on the platform Medium by freelance journalist Brett Anderson, is the recipient of RNRF’s 2015 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.

According to the USGS, the state of Louisiana lost just under 1,900 square miles of land between 1932 and 2000, an area roughly equivalent to the entire state of Delaware. Today, an area approximately the size of a football field is lost every hour; as much as 1,750 square miles will likely be lost by 2064.

“Louisiana Loses Its Boot” aims to answer a simple question: If Louisiana has lost so much land, why has its map, specifically the iconic boot shape of Louisiana, not changed in modern history to reflect that loss? In exploring the natural and human history of lower Louisiana, Anderson reveals the complexities of confronting the reality of sea level rise and coastal management in the state. He goes on to demonstrate the magnitude of change hidden by outdated maps and imagery of Louisiana’s boot; the results are shocking and sobering. Anderson ultimately puts forth a call to action: Change the map. Show the truth.

The article can be read online at https://medium.com/matter/louisiana-loses-its-boot-b55b3bd52d1e.

The award will be presented on October 28, 2015, 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
2015 - Nancy C. Somerville, American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington, District of Columbia

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