Purpose of Award
The John T. Curtis award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated career excellence to ecological restoration. Past award recipients made major contributions to Wisconsin ecological restoration and had a significant impact on the theory, practice, public awareness or effects of ecological restoration.
The award is a cash prize of $2,000 along with an engraved plaque. Both will be presented to the winner at the Leopold Restoration Awards dinner on October 8, 2015 held at the Arboretum Visitor Center in Madison. The recipient must be present to receive the award.
John T. Curtis (1913-1961) was a University of Wisconsin-Madison ecologist. His seminal 1959 publication The Vegetation of Wisconsin provided the basis for ecological management at the UW-Madison Arboretum and elsewhere. This book, still in print, remains an invaluable reference for ecological restoration. An excellent teacher, he inspired students with his broad knowledge and enthusiasm for details. He worked tirelessly to increase knowledge of Wisconsin’s plant life and conserve our natural heritage. Curtis contributed to the Arboretum in administrative, scientific and educational arenas. Curtis Prairie, the world’s first restored prairie, was named in tribute to this inspiring ecologist.
Nominations due April 3, 2015
For more information and to view past Awards recipients, click here.
The nomination form may be submitted in any of the 3 ways below. Make sure your submission is complete. Paper submissions are still required to follow character limits. You will be notified when your nomination has been received.
Complete the on-line form and hit "Submit" at the end. We recommend that you work on your nomination in a word processing program until is it complete, then paste it into the form.
By post (print all pages and mail):
Friends of the Arboretum
Leopold Award Nominations
1207 Seminole Highway
Madison WI 53711
Postmarked by April 3, 2015
By email as attachment to: