The state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners
is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife
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. Tortoise Group, of Las Vegas was 2017’s winner of this award because
of their long history of working to help save Desert Tortoises and their
Selection of the winning nominee will be made
solely from the official conservation award nomination form. A simple majority of votes from a judging
panel that is made up of two wildlife commissioners, Nevada Department of
Wildlife (NDOW) staff assigned to the Kirch Award Committee, four judges
representing county advisory boards to manage wildlife or outdoor groups, and
Marlene Kirch, daughter of former commissioner Wayne E. Kirch.
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.
This 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.
All required official conservation award
nomination forms are available from the Nevada Department of Wildlife regional
offices, or on the web at www.ndow.org.
This year's award is for projects that occurred in 2018. To be considered, nominations must be received
no later than November 15, 2018.
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.
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