North Central Division

The North Central Division comprises 13 chapters representing 16 states and provinces

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The North Central Division comprises 13 chapters representing 16 states and provinces, and includes 1581 (year 2005) dues-paying members of the American Fisheries Society.  Its Chapters range in size from the 56-member Kansas Chapter to the 259-member Michigan Chapter.  The Division holds its annual business meeting at the annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, a meeting which regularly attracts 1000 fisheries and wildlife professionals from the region.  The meeting location rotates between member Chapters.
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The Chapters:

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The Officers:

President

Sandy Clark-Kolacks

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
5596 East State Road 46
Bloomington, IN 47401
812-287-8300

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President-Elect
Craig Bonds
Texas Parks and Wildlife
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744-3218
United States
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Past-President
South Dakota State University
Natural Resource Mgt-Box 2140B
Brookings, SD 57007
605-688-5963
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Secretary-Treasurer
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
2093 E Loch Ayr Rd.
Mount Ayr, IA 50854
641-464-3108
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Nominating Committee
Craig Paukert
Missouri Coop Fish & Wildlife Unit
Dept Fisheries & Wildlife
302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
Univ of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-3524

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The North Central Division Awards:

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The North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society has four awards given annually:

  • Most Active Large Chapter
  • Most Active Small Chapter
  • Most Active Student Subunit
  • Best Communications awards
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Most Active Chapter Awards
Two awards will be given to the North Central Division Chapters that have carried out the most active programs of enhancing professionalism and fisheries science, relative to its size and the geographic distribution of its membership. Most often, members will nominate their own chapter. Nomination materials should include the number of members, names of officers, number and type of meetings, special activities, recruitment activities, and a brief (1 page) description of what makes this chapter an active and important contributor to the NCD, AFS, and fisheries profession. Additional materials of support may also be included.
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Most Active Student Subunit Award
This award will be given to the North Central Division student subunit that has carried out the most active program in developing interest among undergraduate and graduate students in fisheries science and fulfilling the mission of the American Fisheries Society.  Most often members will nominate their own subunit. Click for the Most Active Subunit Award Form.PDF
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Best Communications Award:
This award will be given to the North Central Division Chapter that has developed the most efficient, useful, and attractive newsletter and website to disseminate information to its members.  Both printed and electronic newsletters will be considered.  Submissions should include copies of two or three of the Chapter's most recent newsletters and a brief description of the newsletter, including frequency of publication, readership, and primary means of distribution
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Fisheries Excellence Award
This award will be given to a North Central Division member who has made an outstanding contribution to the fisheries profession. This contribution may be a single activity or a collection of achievements over the individual's career. Former Division members may be nominated if most of their work occurred while they were NCD members. Nominations should include the names and signatures of at least 2 nominators, a brief (1 page) biographical sketch of the nominee, a brief (1 page) narrative of significant contributions made by the nominee, and copies of any additional materials to support the application. Click for the Fisheries Excellence Award Form.PDF
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Meritorious Service Award
Submissions for the Meritorious Service and the Fisheries Excellence awards are also considered each year.
This award will recognize extraordinary service to the AFS by a NCD member. Nominations may be based on a single outstanding achievement or a variety of service activities, and may include the Chapter, Division, Section or Parent Society level. In the nomination, evidence must be presented that this service has gone beyond the routine and that it has made a genuine and lasting contribution to the betterment of the Society. Nominations should include the names and signatures of at least 2 nominators, a brief (1 page) biographical sketch, a brief (1 page) narrative of significant contributions made by the nominee, and copies of any additional materials to support the application. Meritorious Service Award Form.PDF