The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission earned 11 awards at the Association for Conservation Information annual conference held July 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn. The awards recognized excellence in outreach, education and communications.
ACI is a nonprofit organization of natural resources communicators representing wildlife conservation and parks and natural resource agencies. Its annual awards contest recognizes excellence and promotes craft improvement through peer critiques.
The awards are:
- First place in Communications Campaign, Educational for “Lake Mac Know Before You Go,” an informational campaign about camping reservations being required at Lakes McConaughy and Ogallala during peak season.
- First place in Communications Campaign, Marketing for “Nebraska State Parks Centennial Campaign,” a yearlong celebration in Nebraska state parks in 2021.
- First place in Education for “Trail Tales Magazine,” a quarterly magazine for fourth graders on Nebraska’s animals, plants, insects and outdoor recreation.
- First place in Photography: People for the image “Clean-Up,” a duck hunting photo by Nebraskaland Editor Jeff Kurrus.
- Second place Website for “State Parks Centennial 100 Website.”
- Second place in Video Public Service Announcement and Marketing for “Adventures in History: Discovering Nebraska’s State Historical Parks,” a documentary collaboration with Nebraska Public Media.
- Second place in Magazine: General Interest Article for “Rose Creek Mausoleum,” a park feature on the Rose Creek Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County by Nebraskaland Regional Editor Eric Fowler.
- Second place in Photography: Scenic for “Sunrise over Smiley Canyon,” by Nebraskaland Regional Editor Justin Haag from Fort Robinson State Park in Sioux and Dawes counties.
- Third place in Video PSA and Marketing for “Take ’em Fishing 2021,” a mentorship campaign for anglers.
- Third place in External Newsletter for “NGPC Weekly,” a weekly e-newsletter sent to subscribers.
- Third place in One-Time Publication: Other for “Conservation License Plates,” a trio of Nebraska plates featuring Nebraska iconic species, the sale of which benefits the Wildlife Conservation Fund.
“Our communicators and educators engage Nebraskans with abundant recreation opportunities, tell our conservation success stories, provide information on safe recreation and help build support for our agency’s mission,” said Christy Firestone, communications director for Game and Parks. “We are pleased to see the work of so many talented staff recognized.”