Bestow a High Honor

Award nominations are due!

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Public Award NominationsDo you like to be recognized for the time and energy you spend on a project?  If so, then you know how good it feels to bask in someone’s appreciation and words of praise (even if it feels as little embarrassing or awkward).

Now is your opportunity to turn the tables and heap a little admiration on someone else who has stepped up in a significant way in support of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are. ~ Alan Alda

Do you know someone whose passion for the Ice Age Trail leads them directly to big-picture thinking and dreaming?  Someone who turns thought into action through acts of notable service?  Someone who secures significant funding; who effectively advocates; or who substantially promotes and raises awareness, on behalf of the Trail? How about an individual or organization that advances the mission and vision of the Ice Age Trail through important legislation or bi-partisan efforts?  How about a business or foundation that is particularly generous in their support of the Trail?

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is accepting nominations for four key awards:

The Ray Zillmer Award – As the highest honor given by the IATA, the Ray Zillmer Award recognizes individuals whose work exemplifies the ideals that inspired the establishment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Nominees have performed at least two of the following actions:

  • Served the Ice Age Trail for many years
  • Markedly elevated public awareness of the Trail
  • Secured significant funding
  • Significantly advanced the Trail in some other way

The Henry S. Reuss Award – A prestigious award, the Henry S. Reuss Award recognizes work performed by individuals through government channels on behalf of the Trail. It emphasizes the recipient’s ability to:

  • Influence agencies to take an active role in the mission of the IATA
  • Maintain an ongoing public relationship as an advocate for the Trail
  • Advocate for legislation that advances the mission of the Trail
  • Cultivate a bipartisan political climate that recognizes the benefits of the Trail to the people of Wisconsin and the nation.

The Public Partner Award – This award recognizes individuals, rather than a body of government, for a committed level of public service which benefits the Trail.

  • Works for a public, governmental agency
  • Has provided dedicated, consistently cooperative, and ongoing service for the Trail, above and beyond the regular duties associated with their job or position description.

The Friend of the Ice Age Trail Award – This award recognizes individuals, foundations, businesses and other organizations for their strong support of the Ice Age Trail. A recipient has accomplished one or more of the following:

  • Given a single sizable monetary contribution or significant monetary contributions over many years.
  • Enabled new capacity within the IATA through financial contribution
  • Partnered with the IATA or promoted the Ice Age Trail in a unique or significant way
  • Built coalitions, partnerships or other forms of local support that has contributed significantly to the ongoing success of the Ice Age Trail. This work may include promotion of the Ice Age Trail through communications, media or personal contacts.

You may find the Awards Nomination Form here.

The formal Ice Age Trail Alliance Award Policy can be found here.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 30, 2016.

Be duly impressed by the dedication, inspiration and longevity that many volunteers bring to the Ice Age Trail, view a list of past awards and their recipients here.