Awards & Recognitions
VIDEO - John and Chrissie Jackson of Conservation Force accepting the 2013 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
Dallas Safari Club, 2013
Ox of Okavango Award
African Professional Hunters Association, January, 2011
Awarded to John J. Jackson, III and Conservation Force for excellent work to conserve the African Lion, etc.
Honorary Life Membership
Tanzania Professional Hunters Organization, 2010
Conservation Force President John Jackson receiving honorary Life Membership to Tanzania Professional Hunters Organization (2010).
John Jackson received The President’s Award for 2008 from the Guide and Outfitters Association of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. during the GOABC’s annual conference. It was awarded for more than a decade of work and commitment on issues from grizzly bear hunting to representation of GOABC at CITES conferences around the world. The inscription on the statue reads: “Against the Wind – President’s Award for 2008. Awarded Annually to Recognize an Outstanding Contribution to Wildlife Stewardship and to the Guide Outfitting Industry in British Columbia.” This is the fourth such award Mr. Jackson has received from a professional hunters association and the second in five months, the last being the Conservationist of the Year Awardfrom the Namibian Professional Hunters Association on the other side of the world. Conservation Force receives support from ten professional hunters associations around the world and partners with many others. That confidence, support and encouragement is rewarding/awarding in itself. We are all a greater force for conservation because of that partnering.
International Statesmen Award
Wild Sheep Foundation, 2010
In January the Wild Sheep Foundation recognized Conservation Force and John Jackson in its Awards program on the opening night of its Reno convention. The words of WSF President Gray Thornton are here because we are deeply honored but also because it is a reminder of what the hunting world can do to protect and advance its interests as well as incentives to keep up the effort regardless of the mountain of adversity. Together we can do it.
International Statesman Award
by Gray Thornton
John J. Jackson, III redirected and wholly dedicated his life as a lawyer, writer, hunter and conservationist nearly four decades ago and has become one of the foremost champions of hunting and conservation through hunting around the world. This award recognizes his unequaled service and leadership to the hunting community in all corners of the globe. He is the man.
John is the past recipient of our Excellence in Advocacy of Our Hunting Heritage Award, 2002, for his “untiring support of our hunting heritage…effective at all political levels…worldwide.” John is an international leader without narrow partisanship. He is founder and chairman of Conservation Force which gives counsel to a consortium of over 200 organizations which it serves to further our sporting way of life and wildlife and wild places. Conservation Force proactively advances or solves dozens of issues of importance every year.
John broadcasts that “sportsmen are the force” and he sees to it that we are recognized as the foremost conservationists.
He has represented countries such as Mongolia and Namibia, and organizations from IPHA to the Inuvialuit Game Council in petitions, comments and litigation.
He has served for over a decade on the Executive Council of the International Council of Game and Wildlife (CIC) in Budapest and as the President of its Commission on Sustainable Use; for two decades on the Board of the International Foundation for the Conservation of Wildlife (IGF) in Paris. He has long served on crucial specialist groups of IUCN in Gland, such as the Deer Specialist Group and the Antelope Specialist Group with Conservation Force initiatives from Thailand to Zambia. Here in the USA he is a life member of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, the Wildlife Management Institute and founding member of the AWCP. Conservation Force is a CITES International Observer and John has participated in its Conferences of the Parties, working groups and committees for nearly two decades.
His species projects are as diverse as polar bear to elephant, African lion to argali and markhor. He is the recognized expert on the bio-political issues that affect them all.
He spearheaded the defeat of the proposal to list all urial on Appendix I of CITES and the defeat of the petition to list all Baja Peninsula sheep as endangered on the ESA. He intervened on our behalf to defeat the suit to list all argali as endangered that would have stopped their importation forever. He established the importation of Kashmir markhor and is in U.S. District Court challenging the denial of trophy imports of the renowned Suleiman markhor in the Torghar Project of Pakistan - on our behalf, I might add. This past year alone he has obtained the release of hundreds of hunting trophies that had been detained or seized for ever increasing reasons. He is fighting for us and makes no apologies.
The reach of this superhero is worldwide. He helped found the concept of sustainable use, championed and helped coin “conservation hunting,” personally authored the diplomatic CITES Resolutions facilitating export-import of hunting trophies and initiated the “enhancement strategy” under the ESA.
Night and day he is championing our causes around the globe. He and his wife Chrissie are life members of WSF.
Board of Directors Award
Grand Slam Club/OVIS, 2010
In Appreciation for years of service and dedication to the mission and ideals of Grand SlamClub/OVIS.
Conservationist of the Year Award
In late November, John Jackson was honored to receive the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Namibian Professional Hunters Association. This is a very coveted honor awarded to Ministers, Directors of Wildlife and the very top scientists such as Minister Hanno Rumpf, Dr. Malan Lindique, etc. Mr. Jackson is only the second non-Namibian to receive it. The other was Chris Weaver, the Director the 80-conservancy LIFE plus project of WWF. The presentation follows to share the credit with all those many that have supported the efforts in Namibia and for the historical perspective it provides.
Texas Hall of Fame Award
State of Texas, 2008
Conservation Force founding Board member Dr. James Teer received the Texas Hall of Fame Award on October 3, 2008. He received the Conservation Educator Hall of Fame Award for “56 years in the field” and was described by Senator Hutchinson as being “the greatest conservationist in Texas.” United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson made the presentation as well as delivery speech.
In the past, Dr. Teer has received the prestigious Leopold Medal from The Wildlife Society. He is the retired Chair of the Wildlife Management Department of Texas A&M, where he held the Caesar Kleberg Chair in Wildlife Ecology, retired head of the Wilder Wildlife Foundation, and past president of The Wildlife Society. He cited both Chrissie and I in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech and continues to be part of Conservation Force’s “think tank” of leaders working for you on the Conservation Force Board of Directors.
Dr. Teer has recently published his autobiography It’s a Long Way from Llano – The Journey of a Wildlife Biologist. It is available from Texas A&M University Press in College Station, where he is still professor emeritus of wildlife and fisheries sciences. In the book, Dr. Teer also devotes a chapter, The Great Cats, to his truly epic work on the jaguar, cheetah and leopard. In his autobiography, Dr. Teer cites Conservation Force’s cheetah management plan in Namibia and his work to establish the original Enhancement Compact where licensed hunters pay a sum above other costs exclusively for cheetah conservation, and our work to establish trophy imports. No less extraordinary was his seminal study on the African leopard that was the foundation for its downlisting that permits the U.S. importation of those trophies today. As a Conservation Force Board member he is your champion whether you have known it or not.
Ox of Okavango Award
Africa Professional Hunters Association, 2006
Grand Slam/OVIS, 2005
Conklin Conservation Commendation
Conklin Foundation, January 2004
Excellence In Advocacy of Our Hunting Heritage Award
Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, 2003
International Professional Hunters Association
Wildlife Utilization Award
Professional Hunters Association of South Africa, 1995
Special Recognition Award
Safari Club International, 1994
Outstanding Member of the Year Award
Safari Club International, 1992