Past MTAFS Award Winners

You can find the names of award and scholarship recipients since 1985 here

For a PDF version of the award winners list, click HERE

Award Year Recipients
Award of Excellence 2011 Matt Boyer
Best Professional Paper 2018 Amber Steed (FWP)
Best Professional Paper 2017 Patrick Hutchins (USGS)
Best Professional Paper 2015 Barry Hanson (CSKT)
Best Professional Paper 2014 Dave Fuller (MFWP)
Best Professional Paper 2013 Chris Clancy (MFWP)
Best Professional Paper 2011 Craig Stafford (UM)
Best Professional Paper 2010 Matthew Boyer (MFWP)
Best Professional Paper 2009 Dan Carty
Best Professional Paper 2008 David Schmetterling
Best Professional Paper 2007 Matt Jaeger
Best Professional Paper 2006 Eric Roberts
Best Student Paper 2018 Ben Triano (MSU)
Best Student Paper 2017 Lauren McGarvey (MSU)
Best Student Paper 2016 Lindsy Ciepiela (U Wyo)
Best Student Paper 2015 Addie Dutton (MSU)
Best Student Paper 2014 Jan Boyer
Best Student Paper 2013 Jan Boyer
Best Student Paper 2011 Mariah Mayfield
Best Student Paper 2010 Matthew Corsi
Best Student Paper 2009 John Syslo
Best Student Paper 2008 Hilary Billman
Best Student Paper 2007 Peter Brown
Best Student Paper 2006 Kiza Gates
Best Student Paper 2002 Stan Proboszcz
Best Student Paper 2001 Nathaniel Hitt
Best Student Paper 2000 Eileen Ryce
Best Student Paper 1998 Clint Muhlfeld
Best Student Paper 1997 Laura Katzman
Best Student Paper 1996 Susan Adams
Best Student Paper 1995 Brad Covello
Best Student Poster 2016 Adam Baca (NMSU)
Career Achievement 2018 Don Skaar
Career Achievement 2018 Ken Frazer
Career Achievement 2018 Ron Pierce
Career Achievement 2017 Brent Mabbott
Career Achievement 2017 Bruce Roberts
Career Achievement 2017 Buddy Drake
Career Achievement 2017 Chris Clancy
Career Achievement 2017 Pat Bigelow
Career Achievement 2017 Steve Leathe
Career Achievement 2016 Bruce Farling
Career Achievement 2016 Dr. Bob Gresswell
Career Achievement 2015 Dan Mahony
Career Achievement 2015 Jim Darling
Career Achievement 2015 Pat Clancy
Career Achievement 2015 Robbin Wagner
Career Achievement 2015 Wade Fredenberg,
Career Achievement 2014 Gary Michael
Career Achievement 2014 Joe DosSantos
Career Achievement 2014 Mark Lere
Career Achievement 2013 Glenn Boltz
Career Achievement 2013 Paul Hamlin
Career Achievement 2012 Mike Hensler
Career Achievement 2010 Chris Hunter
Career Achievement 2010 Len Walch
Career Achievement 2010 Stan Bradshaw
Career Achievement 2009 Brad Shpard
Career Achievement 2009 Mike Enk
Career Achievement 2008 Jim Peterson
Career Achievement 2008 Larry Peterman
Career Achievement 2004 Bruce May
Career Achievement 2003 Wally McClure
Career Achievement 2002 Dr. Andrew Sheldon
Career Achievement 2001 Dr. Robert G White
Career Achievement 2001 William P. Dwyer
Career Achievement 2000 Patrick Graham
Career Achievement 2000 Wes Orr
Career Achievement 1999 Don Peters
Career Achievement 1999 Fred Nelson
Career Achievement 1995 Joe Huston
Conservation Achievment Award 2012 Erin Sexton
Early Career Achievement 2015 Ryan Kovach
Educators 2013 Christina Gillespie (Livingston Eastside Elementary)
Educators 2010 Pat Volkmar
Educators 2009 Brandon Day
Educators 2009 Dave Hagenguber
Educators 2009 Nathan Olson
Educators 2007 Al Zale
Educators 2006 Lisa Eby
Educators 2005 Robin Arnold
Educators 2004 Matt Wilhelm
Educators 2002 Betsy Sharkey
Educators 2002 Linda Hicks
Educators 2000 Bridger Outdoor Science school
Educators 1994 Kurt Cunningham
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2016 Bitter Root Water Forum
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2015 Bob Cuffe – Bitterroot
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2015 Conservation District
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2014 Eddie Olwel
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2014 Jack Mauer
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2013 Five Valleys Land Trust
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2012 Swan Ecosystem
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2011 Gallatin Nat. Forest
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2011 PPL Montana
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2010 Fergus Co. CD
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2010 Park Co. CD
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2010 Rob Roberts
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2009 Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2008 Becky Jakes-Dockter
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2008 Bob Lane
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2008 Jack Tuholske
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2008 Mike Koopal
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2008 Mitchell Slough legal
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2008 Sara McMillian
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Brad Schmitz
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Burt Williams
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Dave Jewell
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Dave Pratt
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 George Jordan
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Jim O’Donnell
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Mike Backes
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Muggli Fish Passage Group
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Roger Muggli
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Rusty Irion
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Sue Camp
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Vic Riggs
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2007 Yvetter Converse
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2006 John Vincent
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2006 Rick Barrows
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2006 Tom Pruitt and Ennis staff
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Brent Mabbott
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Bruce Roberts
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Carter Cruse
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Clint Sestrich
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Darrin Watschke
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Pat Clancey
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Scott Barndt
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2005 Travis Lohrenz
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2004 Daly Ditch Irrigation Dist.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2003 Bruce May
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2003 Ron Haviland
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2002 Allen McNeal
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2001 Burce Farling
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 2000 Brian Maioarano
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1999 Ira Newbreast
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1999 Tom Flowers
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1998 Beaverhead Cons Dist.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1998 Darlene Edge
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1998 Nick Stas & Ted Anderson
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1997 Barretts Mineral
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1997 Broadwater Cons Dist.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1997 Gloria Flora
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1997 Ruby River Water Users
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1996 Mack Long
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1995 Bitteroot Irrigation dist.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1995 Carl Wolf
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1995 Partners for Wildlife
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1995 Whirling disease found.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1994 Bad Canyon Allotment
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1994 Dept State Lands
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1992 3 Ditch Companies
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1992 Rich Stevenson
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1992 Stan Bradshaw
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1992 Wild Trout Genetics Lab
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1991 Inter-fluve Inc.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1991 MFWP
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1991 Yellowstone Cons. Dist.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1990 CS&KT Tribal Council
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1990 Dr. Willian Gould
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1990 Harriman Trout Co.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1989 Kootenai Flyfishers
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1988 Dr. Richard Graham
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1988 Montana Land Reliance
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1987 Flathead Conservation D.
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1986 Art Whitney
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1986 Clark Fork Coalition
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1986 Emmet Colley
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1986 Washington Water Power
Groups, Organizations, other individuals 1985 Montana Power Company
Landowners /Legislators 2011 John Stevenson-Love
Landowners /Legislators 2010 Jim Stone
Landowners /Legislators 2010 Nick Knight
Landowners /Legislators 2010 Robin Street
Landowners /Legislators 2010 Ted Turner
Landowners /Legislators 2009 Alan Johnstone
Landowners /Legislators 2008 Bruce Malcom
Landowners /Legislators 2006 Dale Koelzer
Landowners /Legislators 2006 Roger Nelson
Landowners /Legislators 2004 James Smith
Landowners /Legislators 2003 Pat & Blanche Flanagan
Landowners /Legislators 2002 Roger & Cynthia Lang
Landowners /Legislators 2001 North Fork Blackfoot R. Irr
Landowners /Legislators 1998 Carl and Irene Heiken
Landowners /Legislators 1998 Joe and Barbara Pirrie
Landowners /Legislators 1996 Ken Storey
Landowners /Legislators 1995 Bill Edelman
Landowners /Legislators 1992 Ted Hawn
Landowners /Legislators 1991 Judge Thomas Olson
Landowners /Legislators 1990 Glen Meir
Landowners /Legislators 1989 Bill Good
Landowners /Legislators 1989 L.M. & Colleen Powell
Landowners /Legislators 1988 Bob Auger
Landowners /Legislators 1988 George Turman
Landowners /Legislators 1988 Morris Brusett
Landowners /Legislators 1987 Marshall Bloom-BTU
Landowners /Legislators 1986 George Grant
Landowners /Legislators 1985 Adam Michnevich
Landowners /Legislators 1985 Norm Larum
Natural Resource Professional 2014 Dean Yashan
Natural Resource Professional 2013 Shane Hendrickson
Natural Resource Professional 2012 Carol Fox
Natural Resource Professional 2011 Tim Love
Natural Resource Professional 2010 Jeff Ryan
Natural Resource Professional 2009 Jeff Everett
Natural Resource Professional 2007 Yvette Converse
Natural Resource Professional 2006 Greg Tollefson
Natural Resource Professional 2005 Mark Petroni
Natural Resource Professional 2004 Jeff McLaughlin
Natural Resource Professional 2003 Bill Westover
Natural Resource Professional 1998 Doug McDonald
Natural Resource Professional 1994 Pat Flowers
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 2016 Tom Dickson, MT Outdoors
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 2011 Lori Curtis
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 2010 Micheal Jamison
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 2006 Michael Howell
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 2004 Mark Henckel
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 2001 Daryl Gadbow
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 2000 Andrew Munro
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 1996 Jeff Herman
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 1995 Craig Jourdannais
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 1994 Perry Backus
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 1991 Greg Lakes
Outdoor Writers or Reporters 1987 Bert Lindler-GF Tribune
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2018 Matt Boyer
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2017 Mike Jakober
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2016 Mike Ruggles
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2015 Brian Marotz
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2014 Carter Kruse
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2013 Scott Relyea
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2012 Robb Leary
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2011 Pat Saffel
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2010 Pat Clancey
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2009 Ladd Knotek
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2008 Lee Nelson
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2007 Matt Jaeger
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2006 Steve Leathe
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2005 Pat Byorth
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2004 Jim Magee
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2003 Mike Enk
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2002 Scott Rumsey
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2001 Tom McMahon
Outstanding Fishery Professional 2000 Brent Mabbot
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1999 David Schmetterling
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1998 Tom Weaver
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1997 Beth McConnell
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1996 Ginger Thomas
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1995 Bob Wiltshire
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1994 Bruce May
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1993 Chris Clancy
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1992 Buddy Drake
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1991 Wade Fredenberg
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1990 Brad Shepard
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1989 Bob Gresswell
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1988 George Liknes
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1987 Chris Hunter
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1986 George Holten
Outstanding Fishery Professional 1985 Ralph Boland
Wally McClure Sholarship 2018 G: Hayley Glassic (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2018 U: Kadie Heinle (UM)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2017 G: Kurt Heim (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2017 U: Troy Smith (UM)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2016 G: Addie Dutton (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2016 U: Andrhea Massey
Wally McClure Sholarship 2015 G: Allison Stringer (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2015 U: Niall Clancy (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2014 G: Luke Holmqust
Wally McClure Sholarship 2014 U: Rennie Winkelman
Wally McClure Sholarship 2013 G: Austin McCullough (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2013 U: Patrick Luckenbill
Wally McClure Sholarship 2012 G: Carter Fredenberg (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2012 U: Eric Leinonen
Wally McClure Sholarship 2011 G: John Syslo (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2011 U: Morgan Sparks (UM)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2010 Evan Faulk
Wally McClure Sholarship 2010 Shane Vatland
Wally McClure Sholarship 2009 G: Matthew Corsi (UM)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2009 U: Jason Blakney (UM)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2008 Ben Cox (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2008 Davis Garfield
Wally McClure Sholarship 2007 G: Laura Tenant (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2007 U: Carter Fredenberg (MSU)
Wally McClure Sholarship 2006 Leslie Bahn
Wally McClure Sholarship 2006 Micheal Meeuwig
Wally McClure Sholarship 2005 Windy Davis
Wally McClure Sholarship 2004 Andy Dux
WSCTU Fellowship 2011 Kellie Carim (UM)
WSCTU Fellowship 2010 Lily Coble (UM)
WSCTU Fellowship 2009 Mariah Mayfield (MSU)
WSCTU Fellowship 2008 Matt Corsi (UM)