Induction Standards

Standards and Criteria for Induction

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 5 pages)
  • brief biographical summer (no more than 2 pages)
  • testimonials (no more than 5 responses)

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 five pages, if at all possible, and testimonials to no more than five.  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

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