2016 Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award
Joshua Tree National Park Association is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2016 Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award. To download the application guidelines and application form, click 2016 nomination form Nominations must be received by January 9, 2017. The winner will be announced in mid-February, 2017.
About the Award
In 1930, Minerva Hamilton Hoyt created the International Deserts Conservation League to promote the conservation of desert lands worldwide. Her tireless efforts led directly to the establishment of Joshua Tree National Monument in 1936. She was perhaps the first great desert conservationist. The Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award recognizes annually individuals or organizations that have worked to further Mrs. Hoyt’s legacy by making notable achievements in the areas of leadership, protection, preservation, research, education, and stewardship of California’s desert lands. The award seeks to recognize an individual or persons whose efforts lead to a significant and lasting contribution on behalf of the deserts of California.
Any person or group is eligible to receive the award except for Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) board of directors or staff and members of their immediate families. Non-residents of California are eligible but nominations must be for conservation accomplishments in the California deserts. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.
Nominees will have made a notable achievement on behalf of the deserts of California in one or more of the following areas:
- Provided leadership resulting in laws, regulations, public policies, or other practices that promote improved stewardship of California desert lands and resources
- Developed scientific research leading to improved conservation knowledge, techniques or strategies
- Fostered partnerships and collaborations that promote desert stewardship, or
- Created a stronger public stewardship through education and outreach activities
Nomination and Selection Procedures
The Joshua Tree National Park Association oversees the annual nomination and selection process. Nominations will be accepted from any interested individual or organization, but self-nominations will not be considered. JTNPA staff reviews all submissions for eligibility, and qualifying nominations are forwarded to the Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award selection committee.
2004 Susan Luckie Reilly
2005 Larry and Donna Charpied
2006 David Myers and the Wildlands Conservancy
2007 John Wohlmuth and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments
2008 Mark Jorgenson, Superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
2009 United States Senator Dianne Feinstein
2010 Owens Valley Committee
2011 Elden E. Hughes
2012 Steven and Ruth Rieman
2013 Dee & Betty Zeller
2014 Desert Protective Council, Terry Weiner
2015 Nancy Karl