Recognition & Awards

Dr. Tracy Vallier has received professional recognition and awards for the following:


2014: Tracy was honored at an unveiling ceremony and picnic in late September at Idaho Power's Copperfield Park, where a bronze plaque commemorating over a half century of geologic interpretation of Hells Canyon was unveiled. The plaque will be mounted on a large rock in the day use area at Copperfield Park, where it will inform generations to come of the contributions made by Hells Canyon's foremost geologist. More information . . . and don't miss the photos!

2012: Tracy was recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. by the Honorable Tom McClintock, Member of Congress, Fourth District, California. Before the Speaker of the House and the members of Congress, the Congressman rose in recognition of Tracy's 50 years exploring, documenting and teaching the geography and geology of Hells Canyon. You may see an image of the letter below or download the letter here.

2012: A Letter of Petition has been presented to the U.S Forest Service and the State of Idaho, requesting recognition of Tracy's unselfish knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching others about Hells Canyon. This Letter of Petition supports an initiative to name the campground at Pittsburg Landing the Tracy L. Vallier Campground. You may see an image of the letter below or download the letter here.

2009: Abraham Lincoln High School Hall of Fame

2006: Meierjurgen Faculty Fellowship, University of Oregon

1998: Alumni Achievement Award, Iowa State University

1994: Meritorious Service Award, Department of Interior

1990: Deputy Chairman, Circum-Pacific Energy and Minerals Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

1987: United States Representative to the U.N. Oceanology Conference on the Indian Ocean, Madagascar

1969-1970: Teacher of the Year, Indiana State University