NB_190_21_2 - NB 190-21-2 ECS – Fiscal Year 2020 Plant Materials Awards of Excellence
NB 190-21-2 ECS – Fiscal Year 2020 Plant Materials Awards of Excellence
National Bulletin: 190-21-2 Date: November 10, 2020
Subject: ECS – Fiscal Year 2020 Plant Materials Awards of Excellence

Action Requested By:   December 11, 2020
Purpose.   To request nominations for fiscal year 2020 Plant Materials Program Awards of Excellence.   
Expiration Date.   March 31, 2021

Explanation.    The Plant Materials Program annually recognizes excellence and exceptional service for NRCS plant materials (PM) activities. The period of activities for which these nominations cover is October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

Any NRCS employee may submit a nomination, but State conservationists and Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas directors are especially encouraged to utilize this opportunity to recognize NRCS and other Federal employees who have made outstanding contributions to the PM Program. Note that only Federal employees are eligible for these awards due to appropriation authority restrictions. A nominator is limited to one nomination for each of the following categories:

  • Plant Materials Outstanding Team.—Presented to a team of NRCS employees in recognition of the best overall performance by a plant materials center, PM specialist (if appropriate), and associated program over the past year.  Overall performance is measured by a balanced program of new conservation plants released or technology development, written technical documents, training for field staff, workshops/tours, and outreach efforts to support NRCS conservation delivery.

  • Plant Materials Outstanding Employee.—Presented to the PM employee who has demonstrated excellent leadership and skill in contributing to the PM Program over the past year.

  • Plant Materials Meritorious Service.—Presented to a PM employee, or an NRCS employee, who has significant involvement with the PM Program, who has made a significant and tangible contribution to the discipline over a long period of time.

  • Plant Materials Notable Achievement.—Presented for efforts by an individual or group (typically within the PM Program) in completion of a specific PM product or activity directly related to supporting NRCS conservation delivery.

  • Plant Materials Special Service.—Presented to a non-PM person within NRCS or another Federal agency whose efforts have or are substantially advancing the PM Program.

 Nominations must include—

  • Name and contact information of the person submitting the nomination.

  • Name and office of person or group of people nominated for the award.  If nominee is not a PM employee, please include their full address and phone number.

  • Category for the nomination.

  • Short narrative of why the person or group should receive the award.

  • Dates the nomination covers.

Send nominations by email to John.Englert@usda.gov by December 11, 2020.

The national program leader-plant materials, along with a selection committee, will evaluate and select the awardees. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Awards are nonmonetary. There will be an award given for each of the above categories.

The attachment includes the PM award winners for last year.

Contact.   Submit questions, comments, and completed reports as indicated above to John Englert, National Program Leader-Plant Materials, Ecological Sciences Division, at (202) 720-0536 or John.Englert@usda.gov.


Deputy Chief for Science and Technology

Attachment A - Previous Award Winners
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