Award Presenters

Nathaniel P. Reed

Nathaniel P. Reed has served seven governors, Republican and Democrat, on every conceivable committee and commission. He is best known as the highly visible Chairman of the Commission on Florida's Environmental Future. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Nixon and Ford administrations and served a term as a member of the Natural Resources Council of the National Academy of Science.

Nathaniel Reed currently serves as vice chairman of the Everglades Foundation, of which he is a founding member, and is a member of the National Parks & Conservation Association Advisory Board. Reed serves as emeritus on the boards of the National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council and 1000 Friends of Florida, which he helped found. Reed has served on the board of the Atlantic Salmon Federation since 1976 and is now an Honorary Director. He was recipient of the Everglades Foundation’s Legend Award, Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Lee Wulff Conservation Award and was Atlantic Salmon Federation’s 31st Annual Dinner Honoree in 2013. Reed has received honorary degrees from Trinity College, the University of Florida, Florida International University and Lynn University.

Mr. Reed received a B.A. from Trinity College, Connecticut in 1955 and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force military intelligence system throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (1955-59).

 

Cecil D. Andrus

In a remarkable political career that spanned four decades, Cecil D. Andrus was elected governor of Idaho four times (in three different decades) and served with distinction as one of America’s greatest Secretaries of the Interior. A northern Idaho lumberjack when first elected to the Idaho State Senate in 1960, Andrus was elected governor at age 39 after campaigning to protect central Idaho’s magnificent White Cloud Mountains from a proposed open pit mine. “Cece” was re-elected in a landslide in 1974, resigned to become Secretary of the Interior in the Carter Administration in 1977, returned to the Idaho governorship in 1986 and was elected governor for the fourth time in 1990. He is the longest serving governor in Idaho history.

Governor Andrus has won every major national conservation award, including the Audubon Medal in 1985, and played a lead role in passage of the landmark Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act in 1980. The Act protected 100 million acres of public lands in Alaska, doubled the size of the nation’s national park and refuge system, tripled the amount of land designated as wilderness and created 10 new national parks. The legislation is widely regarded as one of the greatest conservation achievements in American history.

Andrus lives in Boise, Idaho, where he serves as chairman of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University.