Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation first presented its conservation awards in 1958. With the approval of the Governor, the annual program was designated as the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards – the highest natural-resource honors given in the state.

These awards honor individuals, associations, businesses and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. By recognizing, publicizing and honoring these conservation leaders – from professionals and volunteers to young conservationists and lifelong conservation heroes – the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.

The awards committee is comprised of qualified and dedicated conservationists who review all nominations and select the winners.

View pictures from last year's awards banquet

Nominate a Conservation Hero for …

  • Conservationist of the Year
  • Sportsman/Sportswoman of the Year
  • Hunter Safety Educator/Organization of the Year
  • Land Conservationist of the Year
  • Environmental Educator of the Year
  • Natural Resources Scientist of the Year
  • Wildlife Conservationist of the Year
  • Water Conservationist of the Year
  • Wildlife Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Conservationist of the Year
  • Legislator of the Year
  • Municipal Conservationist of the Year
  • Conservation Organization of the Year
  • Business Conservationist of the Year
  • NCWF Affiliate of the Year
  • NCWF Chapter of the Year

Download a 2017 printable nomination form (PDF)

For awards banquet sponsorship information, contact Dom Canavarro at or (919) 833-1923.

Meet our past winners and members of the North Carolina Conservation Hall of Fame

2015 |  2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

North Carolina Conservation Hall of Fame

Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards

Dr. Fredrick S. Barkalow, Jr.

Turner W. Battle

Dr. Roland P. McClamroch

Clyde P. Patton

Stanton Inscoe

Walter McNairy

Hugh G. Chatham

Macy L. Hoyle

Frank E. Copeland

James P. Yount

Charles R. Shaw

Chester W. Arnold

Phillip H Bracewell

L.A. Dixon

Rex Gary Schmidt

Wayne Bailey

Dr. Thomas Quay

Margaret C Nygard

Thomas W. Reese

James W Dean

John Lentz

Bryan Upchurch

Ross O. Stevens

Duane Raver, Jr.

Eddie Bridges

John Runkle

John E. Pechmann

Fred Stanback

Dr. F. Eugene Hester

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