Induction Standards


Adopted by WCHF Board of Directors – September 1991

Standards for selection into the Hall of Fame shall include but are not limited to:

Nominee’s contribution was of such a nature as to have state-wide, inter-state, or national significance;

Nominee’s contribution affected a wide range of natural resources and their use;

Nominee’s contributions were made in a manner that will enable them to be measured in context of past inductees’ contributions, and in the historical setting of the time in which they lived;

Nominee must have significant ties to Wisconsin, i.e., birth, family, background, or residency;

Nominee shall have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to conservation of at least one, and preferably several, of the following kinds:

  • Environmental law enforcement
  • Applied resource management
  • Conservation education
  • Conservation policy formation, legislation, and public leadership
  • Conservation-oriented research
  • Conservation literature, art or journalism

If the nominee is living, they shall be at a stage in their career that their contributions are undeniable, and are likely not to be impugned by any of their present or future endeavors.

FORMAT — In summary:

To make your nomination as successful as possible, make the bio materials as complete as you can.  We do not have biographers either as staff or volunteers so the way to advance your nomination is to be as thorough as possible. Here are some suggestions. Include:

  • Nomination letter (no more than 1 page)
  • Concise biography including achievements and contributions to conservation as listed above (no more than 5 pages)
  • Summary of contributions using WCHF Standards and Criteria for Induction (no more than 3 pages)
  • Letters of support (no more than 4) or compilation of testimonials (no more than 3 pages)

The Governors will look for evidence of your nominee’s work related to politics, education, natural resources preservation, etc in the community, state or nation – in other words, beyond just being a conservationist in their own homestead or paid work. Keep the nomination to ten pages, if at all possible.  The nominee must have a strong tie to Wisconsin through their conservation work.


  • Opening Summary
  • Early Life and Education
  • Professional Career
  • Leadership in Conservation Related Functions
  • International Conservation Initiatives
  • Leadership in Conservation and Related Organizations
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Honors and Awards
  • Nominee’s Legacy Bibliography

Note:  Not all categories may apply and additional categories may be warranted.


If you have someone you’d like to nominate, but are not able to prepare an entire nomination package as outlined above, there is another option. Although the nomination will not proceed up the review process without additional information, consider sending in the following information for your nomination. Upon receipt of these nomination materials, the WCHF board will make every attempt to work with others to submit a full nomination package.

  1. Initial nomination letter (no more than 1 page)
  2. Biography including as many achievements and contributions to conservation as possible as listed above (no more than 5 pages)
  3. List of others, along with contact info if possible, who may be able to help with completing a full nomination package