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  • Walrus Cows and Yearlings on Ice. Photo credit: USFWS / Joel Garlich-Miller
  • Touring by canoe. Photo creedit: USFWS / Steve Hillebrand
  • Sunrise. Photo credit: USFWS / Steve Hillebrand

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources

The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources (Award) was established to recognize exemplary leadership by federal, state, tribal, local, and non-governmental entities to reduce climate-related threats and enhance the resilience of the nation's living natural resources (fish, wildlife and plants) and the communities  that depend on them.

The Award recognizes outstanding leadership by organizations and/or individuals to advance the resilience of living natural resources in a changing climate by helping address the goals of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy.

For their outstanding work in raising awareness and helping the nation's natural resources become more resilient to the impacts of a rapidly changing world, eight organizations and individuals were honored on May 8, 2017 by their peers at the National Adaptation Forum as recipients of the Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources.

Recipients were selected from 27 nominations representing activities from individuals and federal, tribal, state, local and non-governmental organizations from around the country.

Learn more about the recipients here.


In 2016 there were seven Award recipients and seven honorable mentions. In 2017, a similar number of recipients and honorable mentions are expected in the categories listed below. The final number of Award recipients and honorable mentions will depend on the nominations received.  Each recipient will receive a personalized plaque and be invited to participate in a special session to highlight their work at the National Adaptation Forum, on May 8, 2017 in St. Paul, MN.


Each nomination must identify which of the following categories best describes the individual or organization being nominated.  Awards and honorable mentions are expected in each of these categories depending on the nominations received.

  • Federal government
  • State or Local government
  • Tribal government
  • Other organizations (e.g., industry, environmental, academic, NGO etc)
  • Broad Partnership Organizations (co-led efforts)
  • Individual Leadership
  • Student Leadership


The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources is designed to recognize efforts that demonstrate outstanding leadership for advancing the resilience of the nation's living natural resources.  Projects must address one or more of the goals identified in the Strategy.

  • Goal 1: Conserve habitat to support healthy fish, wildlife, and plant populations and ecosystem functions;
  • Goal 2: Manage species and habitats to protect ecosystem functions and provide sustainable commercial, subsistence, recreational and cultural use;
  • Goal 3: Enhance capacity for effective management;
  • Goal 4: Support adaptive management through integrated observation and monitoring and use of decision support tools;
  • Goal 5: Increase knowledge and information on impacts and responses of fish, wildlife, and plants;
  • Goal 6: Increase awareness and motivate action to safeguard fish, wildlife, and plants; and
  • Goal 7: Reduce non-climate stressors to help fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems.

Nominations will be reviewed and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • PROACTIVE:  Promotes preparation and response in ways that advance the resilience of natural resources in a changing climate.
  • INNOVATIVE/TRANSFORMATIVE:  Develops and/or applies innovative tools/approaches to advance the resilience of natural resources in a changing climate.
  • RESULTS/EFFECTIVENESS:  Employs highly effective proven strategies and/or obtains results in improving resilience of natural resources and/or resource-dependent communities to a changing climate.
  • REPLICATION:  The effort is being replicated elsewhere or has high potential for replication (e.g., across regions, sectors or nation-wide).
  • COLLABORATIVE:  Demonstrates outstanding collaboration to advance the resilience of natural resources in a changing climate.

Contact: with questions.


The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award is sponsored by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy's Joint Implementation Working Group.