Nominations Sought for Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Conservation Award

Kirch AwardThe state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners is currently seeking nominations for the 2013 Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award.

The award is given annually to recipients who have demonstrated significant results towards conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife. An individual, non-profit organization, outdoor sports club, or business can be nominated for the award.

All required official conservation award nomination forms are available from the Nevada Department of Wildlife office at 1100 Valley Road, Reno, or on the department website at This year's award is for projects that occurred in calendar year 2013. To be considered, nominations must be received no later than Nov. 15, 2013.

Selection of the winning nominee will be made solely from the official conservation award nomination form. The winner will be selected by a judging panel consisting of two wildlife commissioners, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) staff assigned to the Kirch Award Committee, Marlene Kirch, daughter of former commissioner Wayne E. Kirch and four judges representing county advisory boards to manage wildlife or outdoor groups.

In 2012, Steve Kellers from Reno, Nevada won the award for his work primarily with guzzlers (water developments for wildlife). The conservation award consists of a perpetual bronze and wood plaque, on which that year’s recipient's name is added. Each winner also receives a smaller version of the award to keep.

The award is named in memory of Wayne E. Kirch, who served on the Fish and Game Commission for over 25 years, the longest tenure on the board since its inception in 1877. The Kirch Wildlife Management Area in southern Nevada is also named in his honor. Kirch, of Las Vegas, passed away in 1989.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at