Awards

Honoring Those Who Make a Difference

We recognize conservation and historical preservation efforts through a number of award programs. Read more details on each one below.

Historical Restoration Award


Recognizes entities that have affected the restoration of sites, structures, facilities or other features of significance to the history of the Forest Service.

More about this award

Eligibility: Any person or group who has made a significant contribution by restoring a U.S. Forest Service site, structure, facility or other feature used to achieve the Conservation Legacy of the U.S. Forest Service.

Nomination: Any member of the NMFSH can make a nomination. Then the Museum Awards Committee will work with the nominating person(s) to complete the process by providing their recommendations and supporting evidence for submission to the Museum Board of Directors.

Selection: The Board of Directors will select individuals for this award based upon the nomination information and recommendation of the Awards Committee.

The Award: A plaque will be presented to the recipient at an appropriate event. An attempt will be made to include the National Forest Service Historian or Regional Office Historian in the presentation ceremony. The recipient’s name will also be added to a permanent recognition plaque prominently displayed at the Museum facility listing all the previous winners of this award.

Conservation Legacy Award


Recognizes an organization, company, or individual that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to advancing the legacy of conservation of our National Forests and Grasslands. This prestigious award is intended to recognize major accomplishments that are significantly unique or have national or regional influence.

More about this award

Eligibility: Any person, organization or company which has made significant contributions toward the Purpose described above.

Nomination: Any member of the NMFSH can make a nomination. Then the Museum Awards Committee will work with the nominating person(s) to promptly complete the process by providing their recommendations and supporting evidence for submission to the Museum Board of Directors.

Selection: The Board of Directors will select winners based upon the nomination information and recommendation of the Museum Awards Committee.

The Award: A bronze bust of America’s first Forest Ranger, William R. Kreutzer, with an engraved plate, will be presented to the recipient at an appropriate event. An attempt will be made to include the Chief or his/her representative in the presentation ceremony. Their name will also be added to a permanent recognition plaque prominently displayed at the Museum facility listing all of the previous award winners.

Curator’s Award


Given to an organization, company, or individual that donates a significant contribution to the collection of Museum artifacts. All types of donated artifacts that are accepted by the Museum Curator are eligible for consideration. The artifacts must be unique and represent a significant new addition to the collection of artifacts managed by the Museum.

More about this award

Eligibility: Any person, organization, or company who has made a significant contribution of an artifact(s) to the NMFSH collection.

Nomination: Upon receipt of a significant artifact donation to the Museum, the Museum Curator will nominate this donor for consideration by the Executive Director.

Selection: The Executive Director will approve or disapprove this selection.

The Award: A plaque will be presented by the Executive Director to the recipient at an appropriate event. The recipient’s name will also be added to a permanent recognition plaque prominently displayed at the Museum facility listing all the previous recipients.

Gary G. Brown Founder’s Award


Numerous people have provided significant contributions to the establishment, organization and operations of the National Museum of Forest Service History. They have worked tirelessly to insure the history of the United States Forest Service is preserved, developed and displayed for current and future generations. These individuals have dedicated their service to the Museum by their generous contributions of time, efforts or financial resources. All have served in the classic tradition of dedicated volunteerism. The Board of Directors has established this award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to achieving the mission of the Museum.

More about this award

Eligibility: Any person who has made dedicated contributions to the National Museum of Forest Service History can be nominated for the award.

Nomination: Any member of the NMFSH can nominate someone. Then the Museum Awards Committee will work with the nominating person(s) to complete the nomination process by providing their recommendations and supporting evidence to the Museum Board of Directors.

Selection: The Board of Directors will select individuals for this award based upon the nomination information and recommendation of the Award Committee.

The Award: A plaque will be presented to the individual at an appropriate event. Their name will also be added to a permanent recognition plaque prominently displayed at the Museum facility listing previous winners. An attempt will be made to include the Chief or his/her representative in the presentation ceremony.

Nominate Someone Today


Fill out the form below to nominate someone for one of the above awards. Choose which award you are nominating someone for, then tell us a bit about your nominee and how their conservation efforts deserve special recognition.

Deadline: April 1st

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