The Western History Association announces the Hal K. Rothman Book Prize given annually for the best book in western environmental history defined in its broadest sense. The award consists of $500 and a certificate to the author, and a certificate to the press. The award is supported by contributions from individuals and publishers, and administered by the WHA. Publishers may submit more than one title from their list. In 2017 the prize changed from a biennial award to an annual award.
-2023 Awards Cycle opens January 25, 2023
-2023 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: April 15, 2023
The WHA office sends award notifications in August. View a list of past recipients.
James Sherow, Chair
2021 | Adam Sowards, An Open Pit Visible from the Moon: The Wilderness Act and the Fight to Protect Miners Ridge and the Public Interest (University of Oklahoma Press, 2020)
2019 | James E. Sherow, The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy’s Great Gamble (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018)
2018 | Terence Young for Heading Out: A History of American Camping (Cornell University Press, 2017)
2017 | Frederick Brown for The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle (University of Washington Press, 2016).
2015 | Andrew Needham for Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest (Princeton University Press, 2014).
2013 | Lissa K. Wadewitz for The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea (University of Washington Press, 2012).
2012 | Brian Frehner for Finding Oil: The Nature of Petroleum Geology, 1859-1920 (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).
2011 | Marsha Weisiger for Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country (University of Washington Press, 2011).
2009 | Richard A. Walker for The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area (University of Washington Press, 2008).
2007 | Robert Righter for The Battle Over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism (Oxford University Press, 2006).