hunting habitat conservation award
The purpose of the Hunting Habitat Conservation Award is to recognize those hunts who have made significant and enduring contributions toward the preservation of habitat and biodiversity of its flora and fauna.
There is no greater threat to mounted hunting with hounds than the loss of hunting lands. The MFHA recognizes hunts who work to preserve land and habitat for the future of the sport. Please consider submitting a nomination.
The award recipient receives the Hunting Habitat Conservation trophy, a $5,000 cash award and is recognized at the annual member meeting.
Nominees must be submitted to the MFHA Conservation Committee, care of the MFHA Office, no later than Sept. 30, 2023, for the 2024 award. Resubmission of previous nominees who were not awarded honors is highly encouraged.
Questions about this award should be directed to the MFHA office.
Hunting Habitat Conservation Award Guidelines
Activities to be considered may include, but are not limited to:
- Distinctive and continuing programs for maintaining wildlife habitat – not just for foxes or coyotes – but for all fauna and flora.
- A systematic approach to the placement of significant amounts of open lands into perpetual easement – hunting, scenic, historical, conservation, etc.
- Fostering and supporting a conservation organization or foundation to conserve large tracts of land and the indigenous wildlife.
- Organized efforts aimed at educating the general public – particularly the young – on the need to conserve natural resources.
- The formation of alliances or working in concert with other conservation organizations.
- A hunt that contributed significant efforts toward the preservation of land, open space and habitat.
- 2023 – Keswick Hunt Club
- 2022 – Bridlespur Hunt
- 2021 – Andrews Bridge Foxhounds
- 2020 – Wicomico Hunt
- 2019 – Deep Run Hunt
- 2018 – Santa Ynez Valley Hounds
- 2017 – Middleburg Hunt
- 2016 – Potomac Hunt
- 2015 – Green Spring Valley Hounds
- 2014 – Wayne-DuPage Hunt & The Wayne Area Conservation Foundation and The Blue Ridge Hunt for George L. Ohrstrom, II
- 2013 – George A. “Frolic” Weymouth & The Brandywine Conservancy
- 2012 – Aiken Hounds & Hitchcock Woods Foundation
- 2011 – Farmington Hunt & Mr. J.B. Birdsall
- 2010 – Lowcountry Hunt & The Lowcountry Open Land Trust
- 2009 – Piedmont Fox Hounds
- 2008 – Genesee Valley Hunt & Genesee Valley Conservancy
- 2007 – Blue Ridge Hunt & Wingate Winkie Mackay-Smith
- 2006 – Elkridge-Harford Hounds & Manor Conservancy
- 2005 – Iroquois Hunt
- 2004 – Four Winds Foxhounds
- 2003 – Green Spring Valley Hounds
- 2002 – Wentworth Hunt & Branch Hill Farm
- 2001 – Live Oak Hounds & Tall Timbers Research & Camargo Hunt & Greenacres Foundation
- 2000 – Arapahoe Hunt
- 1999 – Millbrook Hunt & Duchess Land Conservancy
- 1998 – Orange County Hunt
- 1997 – Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds & Moore County Hounds