The Bay Journal has been selected to receive the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2001 Excellence in Journalism Award.

The Foundation, a coalition of 14 scientific and conservation organizations, recognized the Bay Journal “for its commitment to informing the public through accurate and scientifically based reporting on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.”

The group further credited the Bay Journal for covering “the full spectrum of issues related to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay” and said it has been “extremely successful in covering technical and often complex issues in a very readable and understandable way.”

Although the Foundation has operated an awards program for a decade, the Bay Journal is the first to win its new Excellence in Journalism award, which was established to “to honor and encourage excellence in print journalism about natural resources.”

The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, created in 1972, advances the sciences and public education in renewable natural resources; promotes the application of sound, scientific practices in managing and conserving renewable natural resources; fosters cooperation among professional, scientific and educational organizations having leadership responsibilities for renewable natural resources; and is developing a Renewable Natural Resources Center.

It sponsors, workshops, congressional forums, leadership summits, public-policy round tables, international outreach activities and a national awards program.

The RNRF’s members include the American Fisheries Society; the American Geophysical Union; the American Meteorological Society; the American Society of Agronomy; the American Society of Civil Engineers; the American Society of Landscape Architects; the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; the American Water Resources Association; the Association of American Geographers; the Humane Society of the United States; the Society for Range Management; the Society of Wood Science and Technology; the Soil and Water Conservation Society; and The Wildlife Society.

Its members are professional, scientific and educational organizations that have, among their primary purposes, the advancement of sciences and public education in renewable natural resources and/or the application of scientific knowledge to the management of renewable natural resources. The foundation is governed by a board of directors composed of a representative from each of its member organizations. The directors may also elect “public interest members” of the board.