Our annual award is named in honor of Reuel Harmon, who helped establish Parks & Trails Council in 1954 (then called the Minnesota Council of State Parks). He went on to lead the organization through 30 years of growth and transformation with his bold, strategic leadership. He was a dedicated, skilled and respected person who inspired others to follow his lead. Through his commitment of time, resources and management, Harmon made significant contributions to preserving Minnesota’s natural heritage.
Each award is as unique as its recipient. A different bird is carved from wood to honor our extraordinary recipients. Throughout the years these works of art have been created by carvers Kerry Mayer, John Strutt, and Gary Bullemer.