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Caretaker awardThis award recognizes University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas. If you know of a UW-Green Bay alumnus who meets the award’s criteria, please return to complete the online nomination form to be considered for a future award.

2020-2021 Earth Caretaker Award Recipient

Linda Parker 

Linda Parker is the Forest Ecologist on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where she is responsible for several large programs including ecology, botany, and climate change.  Serving in this position since 1991, Linda provides leadership and expertise on rare plants, non-native invasive plants, fire ecology, landscape ecology, natural areas, ecological restoration, pollinator management, and climate change adaptation.

Linda was a pioneer of the Climate Change Response Framework and has co-authored numerous publications on climate change impacts and mitigation opportunities. Linda also helped develop an approach to climate change adaptation in the Western Great Lakes region.  A field project demonstrating this approach on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest was recently recognized by the American Society for Adaptation Professionals as a Prize for Progress Finalist.

Linda worked with Dr. Bob Howe, Dr. Amy Wolf, and others from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and US Forest Service to coordinate and conduct breeding bird surveys on the Nicolet National Forest for 30 years.  She also coordinated a similar effort on the Chequamegon National Forest in partnership with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the Natural Resources Research Institute.  These long-term surveys recently received national awards from Partners in Flight and Wings Across the Americas.

In the early to mid-1990’s Linda Parker led a team of field ecologists in an effort to identify and protect natural-area quality ecosystems on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  This work led to the designation of nearly 185,000 acres in 251 natural areas, including 104 new State Natural Areas.
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Linda Parker

Nomination Criteria:

  • Has earned either an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from UW-Green Bay.
  • Has not attended UW-Green Bay in the last 10 years.
  • Must have a distinctive and distinguished record of achievement with recognition and reputation extending well beyond the immediate environment in which they live and work.
  • The record of distinctive achievement should extend over a substantial period of time to assure continuity of performance, stability and maturity.

Nomination Process:

  • Alumni, friends of the University, faculty/staff, and the public at large are invited to make nominations.
  • Nominations are accepted year round (via the website or mail), with the deadline of October 31 for consideration for the award for the following year.
  • Nominees are notified and asked to submit the following for their file:
    • Letter of application
    • Résumé
    • Any additional documentation they wish to provide including letters of recommendation from others
  • Recipients are required to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held during Earth Week.
  • After all the necessary documents have been received, candidates remain active for consideration for a period of three years
  • One award will be presented each year


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