Lufkin Prize 2014 Awardee -- Patrick F. Noonan

The Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership was created to recognize and honor individuals who have dedicated their entire lives to the environment and on-the-ground conservation.


Patrick F. Noonan

Pat Noonan will be the second Lufkin Prize awardee. With his creative mind and bold approach to myriad conservation threats, Pat has demonstrated that economic and environmental goals are complementary. Through his broad experience in land conservation and belief in the importance of partnerships, he has been an innovative leader in creating relationships among private landowners, nonprofit organizations, government and public agencies, and businesses that are necessary to protect our heritage now and in the future. In fact, Pat was one of the first to recognize the multiple values of agricultural land and an early champion of protecting the nation's working landscapes.


Patrick Noonan
In addition to the Lufkin Prize, Pat has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in 1985 for his pioneering work in fostering partnerships between business and the environmental community. This work became The Conservation Fund, where he was founder and chairman, a partnership between community, government and business to achieve land conservation across America. The Fund has protected more that 5.5 million acres of America’s special places since its founding.

Pat is also a former president of The Nature Conservancy and founder of the American Farmland Trust, where he currently serves on the President’s Council. He received his BS in business administration from Gettysburg College, MBA from American University and a MS from Catholic University of America in city and regional planning. Pat started his career in the parks field as a planner with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Pat has served on three Presidential Commissions—the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors (1985–1987), the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality (1991–1993), and the President’s Commission on White House Fellows.

He truly has been one of the most effective and imaginative environmental leaders of our time, most recently evidenced by his creation of the Captain John Smith National Water Trail, the first blue water National Park.