Nominate a Land Conservation Champion!

Rockford, Ill. –Natural Land Institute (NLI) is looking for land conservation champions to be nominated for the George and Barbara Fell Award. The land conservation award recognizes accomplishments that have significantly advanced natural area preservation, protection, management and restoration in northern Illinois. A nominee may include someone who has worked for many years in natural resources management, education, journalism, law, or science related to the protection, stewardship or restoration of natural areas, and inspired an understanding of natural diversity. Volunteers may be considered for this award for their commitment, efforts and leadership in land protection, stewardship and restoration.

The award is named for the founder of NLI, George B. Fell, and his wife, Barbara. The Fells dedicated their lives to protecting Illinois’ natural heritage so rare and endangered plant and animal species would be here for future generations.

Nominations for the George and Barbara Fell Award will be accepted through Feb. 12, 2021 and may be submitted by email to or by mail to Natural Land Institute at 320 S. Third St., Rockford, IL 61104.

For additional details about the nominating guidelines, criteria, a list of past recipients, and to download the form visit: or call the NLI office at 815/964-6666 for more information and to request the nomination form.

About the Natural Land Institute
The Natural Land Institute, an accredited land trust, is a 501(c)3, non-for-profit land conservation organization based in Rockford, Illinois and has protected more than 17,300 acres of natural land in Illinois since 1958. Their current service area covers twelve counties in northern Illinois. NLI’s mission is to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants and animals. For more information and to donate:


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