Conservation Trailblazer Award


The Trailblazer Award celebrates the immense contribution of wildlife professionals to the field of game and non-game wildlife conservation, including wildlife and habitat management, applied research and policy.



Nominees must be full-time state, federal, tribal, provincial, government, academic institution or NGO natural resource professionals. The award may be presented to recognize the lifetime career achievements of a distinguished wildlife professional or a specific project with a significant conservation impact.



Any interested conservationist may submit a nomination for this award. Candidates will remain eligible for two years unless re-nominated. Please send nominations and inquiries to the DSC award coordinator at by September 1.

The submission should contain:

  • A detailed nomination statement with the nominee’s scope of work and impact in the field of wildlife conservation
  • At least one additional supporting letter from a nominee’s peer or someone with direct knowledge of the nominee’s work
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae



The recipient will be presented the award plus a $10,000 contribution toward his or her work in wildlife conservation at a banquet during the annual DSC Convention. The award will not be given posthumously and can only be won once.


For more on Casey Stemler, the 2022 Trailblazer Award winner, read this article here!