National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) - HHB Awards

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Now Accepting 2022 Hugh Hammond Bennett Award Nominations

The National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) is accepting nominations for the 2022 Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence! Please help us spread the word by sharing the call for nominations with your respective partner. 

NCPP created the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence in 2017 to honor the legacy of Hugh Hammond Bennett by recognizing producers and conservation planners from within the NCPP partnership who have exemplified outstanding service through development and implementation of sound conservation planning and other conservation techniques.

There are two award categories: 

  • The Producer Award will be presented to a producer who demonstrates a commitment to conservation planning, pioneering new opportunities and leadership in the community. The local field office staff that provides assistance to the producer will also receive recognition.
  • The Conservation Planner Award is independent of the producer award and will be given to an individual who demonstrates a high standard of conservation planning and implementation for customers as well as sharing his/her expertise with others.

Anyone can submit a nomination, but those interested in making a nomination should notify their respective state conservation partner leader regarding the planned submission. Notification of submission should be communicated with the following: NRCS state conservationist, state conservation district association president or executive director, state conservation district employee association president or executive director, state resource conservation and development council association president or executive director, state conservation agency leadership, etc. 

Note: NCPP recommends taking this step to reduce duplication efforts and be sure a nomination isn’t already planned for your state by the conservation partnership agencies – NRCS, NACD, NASCA, RC&D and NCDEA. 

We encourage you to look at your past or current local/state conservation farmer/rancher award winners as possible nominees for the producer award. If your organization offers a planner award, please consider those past or current winners as possible nominees as well.

Once ready to submit a nomination, please click on the following link 

Successful nominations should contain concise yet detailed narratives in each section for the evaluators to effectively assess each candidate's accomplishments. You can save the nomination and come back to it at any time by clicking 'save and resume.' 

All nominations must be fully completed and submitted by October 1, 2022. 

Nominations will only be accepted through the link provided above. Questions can be directed to the National Conservation Planning Partnership Coordinator email at:  

For more information, visit the NCPP website:

Do you have new ideas to improve conservation planning?

NCPP’s primary goal is to reinvigorate conservation planning at the local level. Whether you have a direct planning role or a support role, you may be in a position to make observations, recommendations, or suggestions that will contribute to achieving this goal.

Please visit to make a suggestion. We will pass it on to the appropriate person or group to respectfully consider and take the appropriate action. (We are unable to address personnel matters)

Thank you in advance for taking the time to improve the conservation planning process.

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NCPP was established in 2015 to emphasize the critical role that conservation planning plays in advancing voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. NCPP represents the efforts of five key national conservation partners working together to reinvigorate conservation planning by enhancing and strengthening the effectiveness of planning and our partnership workforce. As NCPP efforts grow, we are looking to expand the partnership to leverage all of the possible resources in the conservation planning arena.