Purpose of Award
The purpose of the Virginia M. Kline award is to recognize a public or private group or organization that has dedicated time, skill, and efforts toward community-based ecological restoration. Involving people fulfills Virginia M. Kline and Aldo Leopold’s aims—that humans take their rightful place as full members of the land community. Community-based restoration brings the human community together and creates a more satisfactory relationship between humans and the larger biotic community.
The award is a cash prize of $2,000 along with an engraved plaque. Both items 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.
Virginia M. Kline In 1976, shortly after receiving her PhD in botany (plant ecology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Virginia M. Kline (1926-2003) was hired as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum ecologist. During her 21-year tenure as the Arboretum's ecologist, Kline inspired and encouraged people from all walks of life to become actively engaged in a wide range of environmental activities, including ecological restoration. Her warm personality and keen ecological insights helped her establish personal and professional relationships that embody the ideals of community-based ecological restoration. Kline helped many understand that we can accomplish more to protect and restore the land by working together. She was an inspirational teacher and scientist who made significant contributions by bringing together the natural and human communities.
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: