Pugsley Medal

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The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medals are the most prestigious awards that recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks and conservation in the United States.


The inaugural Pugsley Medals were awarded in 1928. The winner of the first National level award was Stephen T. Mather, the first director and "father" of the National Park Service. The distinguished pedigree of subsequent honorees has confirmed the prestige and status of the awards.

Nominations open Thursday, April 15 and close Friday June 4th, 5:00 p.m. Pacifc Time with the medal presented in the fall.

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The 2020 Pugsley Medal was awarded to Daniel L. Dustin, PhD, University of Utah, on October 27, 2020. To read Dan's background click here.

Medal Criteria 
1. Nominee must be living at the time of nomination and must be a U.S. citizen. 
2. Nominee will have preserved, facilitated, enhanced and/or created park and/or conservation lands which have significantly enriched the lives of people and/or made significant contributions to maintaining biodiversity. 
3. Nominee may have developed or refined techniques or programs which advance the cause of parks and/or conservation. 
4. Nominee’s record reflects advocacy, originality, courageous decision-making, and dedication to the public good. 
5. The award recognizes achievements/accomplishments, not longevity and/or effort. The award recognizes a life or career-long record of accomplishments. The award is not given for a “one-time” achievement. 
6. Past recipients have been acknowledged as leaders in professional organizations, but the award is not given for service in such organizations. 
7. Nominee’s personal and/or professional record shall not have unverified or verified allegations that would tarnish the reputation of The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal.