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 three wildlife commissioners, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) staff assigned to the Kirch Award Committee and Marlene Kirch, daughter of former commissioner Wayne E. Kirch.
In 2009, Ben Miller from Reno won the award for his work as an agent with the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services for his highly successful predator management and control work.
The conservation award consists of a perpetual bronze and wood plaque, on which each 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 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, who is from Las Vegas, died in 1989.
All required official conservation award nomination forms are available from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, 1100 Valley Road, Reno, Nevada 89512; or on the web at www.ndow.org.
This year’s award is for projects that occurred in 2010. Nominations must be received no later than Nov. 15.