Courtney Hackney surveys North Carolina's "Green Swamp", home to several native orchid species as well as a host of carniverous plants. Unique habitats need to be monitored in order to preserve rare and endangered species of orchids and other plants for future generations.
To recognize and reward individuals, groups and Affiliated Societies for outstanding work in the field of orchid conservation, the AOS sponsors an annual Conservation Recognition Award. The Conservation Committee can award up to two first prizes annually of US$500 each. At least one of the prizes is designated to recognize efforts benefiting the conservation of orchid species native to Canada, the United States or Mexico. One of the prizes need have no geographical limitations. An additional two runner-up awards of US$250 each may be given if judged appropriate. A previously awarded project is not excluded from consideration. Self-nominations are not accepted. Winners and their projects will be featured in Orchids magazine.
Philip Keenan Award
This prestigious award is intended to recognize the work of an individual in the study or preservation of native orchids of North America north of Mexico. Applicants may be students, amateurs or professionals actively engaged in the study or conservation of native orchids. Prior achievements in these fields will also be considered. Individuals may apply on their own behalf or on that of another they feel is worthy of consideration.
Application for these prestigious awards should include a nomination statement, a short biography of the proposed recipient when it concerns an individual's efforts, or a short history of the nominated group, organization or Affiliated Society. A concise description (no more than two pages) of the project or endeavor and its effectiveness must be submitted along with the nomination, as well as no more than three letters of confirmation from individuals who are familiar with the work. The contests' period begin January 1 each year. Nominations and supporting materials for these prizes should be submitted not later than September 1 to the Awards Registrar, American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach, FL 33446-4351. Nominations are reviewed by members of the Conservation Committee at their Fall meeting, and thereafter a recommendation is directed to the Trustees.