Background 
This award honors the memory of Carol Mortensen, who represented the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC). She worked tirelessly to promote awareness of, and education on invasive species and authored books on noxious weeds and invasive species. Working as an individual or in collaboration with others, Carol was always passionate about proactively addressing issues related to invasive species. Her contributions and achievements helped to protect Minnesota’s natural resources.

Purpose 
The Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award shall be presented annually by the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council to a person or entity which has made significant contributions to the prevention, management, and increased awareness of invasive species in the state of Minnesota. This award is intended to publicly recognize an award recipient in honor of Carol’s spirit and leadership.

Eligibility 
Projects or efforts should have made sustained, significant contributions to invasive species management in Minnesota. Individuals, organizations, businesses, schools, media, municipalities or government agencies may apply or be nominated. Please view the nomination form for the Individual Awards and/or Team Project Awards.

Criteria 
This award is given to a recipient who has demonstrated outstanding achievement through their professional conduct or community service, or leadership, or contributions to address invasive species issues (locally, multi-county or statewide). The nominee’s accomplishments or contributions to invasive species efforts in Minnesota shall be evaluated based on one or more of the following:

  1. Improving cooperation and coordination among invasive species partners;
  2. Raising awareness of invasive species issues including innovative educational approaches; and
  3. Demonstrated significant contributions or achievement to prevention, management or control of invasive species.

Selection 
The award recipient shall be selected from those nominated by the due date by a MISAC Awards Committee. The committee shall include a representative from county, state, federal, and private organizations who are MISAC members. Note: If nominee is not selected for the award the first time nominated, their nomination will be kept active for the next two award cycles for further consideration. The nominator will be notified of the opportunity to update the nomination package for the next award cycle, though updating is not required. The intent is to provide the option to add further achievements of the nominee in the interim.

Timetable
Nominations accepted anytime. Awardee selection will be completed by the MISAC Award Committee using the pool of nominees submitted by July 1st of even-numbered years. Nominations received the preceding two award cycles will be included in this pool. Awards will be presented at the biennial MISAC sponsored Invasive Species meeting, typically the fall of even-numbered years.

Award
The award shall be a framed photograph with the inscription:

The Carol Mortensen Award
is presented to
Name
for his/her/their past contributions in the state of Minnesota to
[fill in]
invasive species, especially
[fill in]

Minnesota Invasive Species Council
201X

Previous Winners

2014 Winners 

Presented at the Awards Luncheon Plenary Session at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (UMISC) held in Duluth, MN.

Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award For Individual Achievement
Presented to
Barbara Spears
October 21, 2014

Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award For Team Achievement
Presented to the
MN Army National Guard Camp Ripley and St. Cloud State University
October 21, 2014

Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to
Jay Rendall
October 21, 2014

Presented at the 2008 Minnesota Invasive Species Conference Awards Luncheon, Duluth, MN.

2008 Carol Mortensen

Invasive Species Management Award
Presented to
David Ragsdale
October 27, 2008

Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to
Bonnie Harper-Lore
October 27, 2008

Presented at the Awards Ceremony at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Environmental Stewardship Workshop, St. Paul, MN.

Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award
For Individual Achievement
Presented to
Tom Jacobson
May 12, 2010

Presented at the Awards Luncheon Plenary Session at the Minnesota Wisconsin Invasive Species Conference (MNWIISC) held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, in St. Paul, MN.

Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award
For Team Achievement
Presented to
Wildlife Forever
November 9, 2010

Presented at the Awards Luncheon Plenary Session at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (UMISC) held in La Crosse, WI.

Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award
For Individual Achievement
Presented to
Marsha Watland
October 30, 2012

Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award
For Team Achievement
Presented to the
Forest Pest First Detector Program
October 30, 2012