Call for Nominations for 2023 National Wetlands Awards

October 2022

Washington, D.C.: The Environmental Law Institute has announced the opening of the nomination period for the 34th Annual National Wetlands Awards. The National Wetlands Awards program honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the conservation and restoration of our nation’s wetlands. The deadline for submitting a nomination for next year’s awards is January 6, 2023.

The 2023 National Wetlands Awards program will honor individual achievement in six categories: Youth Leadership; Scientific Research; Promoting Awareness; Local Stewardship; Wetlands Program Development; and Business Leadership. Only individuals can be nominated for the awards; federal employees are not eligible to receive an award.

Since 1989, the National Wetlands Awards program has honored more than 150 champions of wetlands conservation. The program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional effort, innovation, and excellence in wetlands conservation at the regional, state, tribal, or local level. Past award recipients share a dedication to protecting the nation’s remaining wetlands; educating citizens, students, and agencies about the value of wetlands; and working with a diverse array of organizations and interests to advance wetlands protection.

The National Wetlands Awards program is administered by the Environmental Law Institute and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. A committee of wetlands experts representing federal and state agencies, academia, conservation groups, and private sector organizations selects the Award winners.

For more information on submitting a nomination, please visit the National Wetlands Awards website at: For more information on the program, please contact Elissa Torres-Soto at (202) 939-3845 or e-mail

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