The Section may present up to two awards each year. The Trail Boss Award (link to past winners) is the highest award presented to give recognition to those individuals, partners or formal groups for outstanding work or activities contributing to better understanding, use, or developement of range resources of the Pacific Northwest. The Trail Boss Award typically recognizes sustained or long-term accomplishments and/or contributions to range or achievements of a very substantive nature.
The second award is the Exemplary Service Award (link to past winners) that recognizes either long-term or short-term exceptional efforts, activities, involvement, leadership, and/or personal commitment given for the benefit of the society, its members or the range/resource environment itself. The contributions being recognized must stem from activities undertaken within the geographic area of the PNW Section.
In 2011, the Section began awarding the “In for the Long Haul Award” in honor of Jim Brunner, who was the PNW SRM’er who failed to “hang up his spurs”, serving SRM for decades, throughout a distinguished career, into retirement, and until his death. This award recognizes people who devote their careers, and their entire lives to the betterment of rangelands and the people associated with them.