The state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award.

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 habitat.

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  This year’s award is for projects that occurred in 2018.  To be considered, nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2018.

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