About the Carol Mortensen Award
This award honors the memory of Carol Mortensen, who represented the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC). Carol 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, she was always passionate about proactively addressing issues related to invasive species. Her contributions and achievements helped to protect Minnesota’s natural resources.
The Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Awards are awarded to a person or entity who 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.
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.
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.
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:
Improving cooperation and coordination among invasive species partners;
Raising awareness of invasive species issues including innovative educational approaches; and
Demonstrated significant contributions or achievement to prevention, management or control of invasive species.
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.
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.
The award shall be a framed photograph with the inscription:
The Carol Mortensen Award
is presented to
for his/her/their past contributions in the state of Minnesota to
invasive species, especially
Minnesota Invasive Species Council