2019 Craighead Conservation Award winner is Dr. PJ White

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC) presented the 2019 Craighead Conservation Award and Raynes Citizen Conservation Award during the Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium on Friday, March 8, 2019.

The Craighead Conservation Award was given to Dr. PJ White, Chief of Wildlife and Aquatic Resources at Yellowstone National Park. White has researched all the major mammals in Greater Yellowstone and has worked to find solutions that help wildlife and humans coexist.

Dr. White is the author of more than 125 scientific papers and many popular books, includingCan’t Chew the Leather Anymore, Musings on Wildlife Conservation in Yellowstone from a Broken-down Biologistand Yellowstone Grizzly Bears, Ecology and Conservation of an Icon of Wildness.

Dan Wenk

Former YNP Superintendent Dan Wenk, and the event’s keynote speaker, said, “PJ was ahead of the curve to answer questions that I as a manager didn’t yet know I needed to ask.”

The Craighead Conservation Award was established in 2003 to honor the legacy of Frank and John Craighead. Nominees have significantly impacted wildlife conservation in the Greater Yellowstone region and demonstrated the dedicated spirit of the Craighead brothers through years of service in wildlife research, management, community involvement, and/or policy.

Frank and John Craighead were prolific wildlife researchers, writers, and film makers, best known for their pioneering grizzly bear research, but active in other conservation realms as well. The award was presented by conservationist brothers Lance and Charlie Craighead.

The Raynes Citizen Conservation Award recipient was Susan Marsh.Marsh has worked in Greater Yellowstone for the US Forest Service and as a volunteer with many community organizations.

Marsh is an artist and writer of numerous essays and books including A Hunger for High Country and Cache Creek: A Trailside Guide to Jackson Hole’s Backyard Wilderness.Her monthly column, “Back to Nature,” is published in MountainJournal.org. Marsh has quietly worked to protect the natural wonders of Jackson Hole and share her knowledge.

The award was created to honor the ongoing legacy of Bert Raynes, and of the late Meg Raynes. Nominees have worked in the spirit of the legacy of the Raynes to encourage citizen science and conservation, and make a positive difference in conservation through actions they undertake in their daily lives. 

The award was presented by Frances Clark (Nature Mapping JH, WY Native Plant Society) and Linda Merigliano (Bridger-Teton National Forest).

NRCC is pleased to also report that the Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium was a success. An enthusiastic crowd of 125 researchers, agency personnel, educators, students, and citizens gathered at the Center for the Arts to discuss and suggest improvements for human-wildlife coexistence in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The free public evening keynote was attended by 150 people.

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