Begun in 1983 to recognize the important contributions of a public figure to the protection & preservation of cultural resources. It is presented regardless of political affiliation to those who have taken a lead or made a major contribution to preserving the past.
1983 Sen. Spark M. Matasanaga, Rep. Donald J. Pease
1984 Sen. James A. McClure
1985 Sen. James C. Wright Jr.
1986 Secretary of the Interior Donald P. Hodel
1987 Rep. John F. Seiberling
1988 Rep. Charles E. Bennett
1989 Sen. Peter V. Domenici
1990 Rep. Morris K. Udall
1991 Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan Jr.
1992 The Archaeological Conservancy
1993 Constance Werner Ramirez
1994 James Beck, Deborah Daniels, Jeffrey Kent, Larry Mackey, Scott Newman
1995 Grand Canyon Trust
1996 Rep. Bill Richardson
1997 Rep. Phil English
1998 Loretta F. Neumann
1999 Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt
2001 Wayne Dance
2002 (no award)
2003 Rep. Leonard Boswell
2004 Paula Desio
2005 Sen. Jeff Bingaman
2008 Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, The Archaeological Conservancy, Wilderness East & the Ross County Parks Department