New Year's Eve is the deadline for nominations for the Theodore Roosevelt Hillsborough Forever Conservation Award.

  • Theodore Roosevelt Hillsborough Forever Conservation Award
  • Deadline for entries is Dec. 31
  • Hillsborough County

The award recognizes an individual or group that goes above and beyond to protect the county's environment. 

The award is named after Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the 26th president of the United States and noted conservationist who placed more than 200 million acres under public protection.

“Preserving Hillsborough County’s lands, waters, and wildlife pays dividends in many ways, from increased flood protection to cleaner air and water to a better quality of life, ’’ said Stacy White, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “We created this award to encourage others to keep up the fight to protect the environment.’’

Nominees must live or work in Hillsborough County and “be someone who shows persistence and dedication to long-term conservation of the County’s natural resources, demonstrates integrity in performance toward conservation goals, and displays attributes of true conservation stewardship,’’ according to the award criteria.

Nominations will go through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program General Committee, which will send a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for approval. The Board will hold an awards ceremony in April to coincide with National Arbor Day.

Nominations  must be made by 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and can be sent to Ross Dickerson, or by mail at Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Management, 10940 McMullen Road, Riverview FL 33569. Call (813) 672-7876 for more information.