The Leopold Conservation Award, presented by the Sand County Foundation, is a prestigious recognition for conservationists in 13 states. The award is presented to private landowners for their “extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.
Recently, Utah Farm Bureau put out a call for nominations for the award. In Utah, the $10,000 award is presented by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association.
The award honors renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold and recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to the land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manager.
Ron Gibson, president, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, notes that the wise use of resources and care for the land are important to the state’s farmers and ranchers. “I’m proud of the great efforts of Utah’s farmers and ranchers to take care of the land. I look forward to recognizing them for what they’ve been doing, and will continue to do, with this prestigious award.”
Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at the Sand County Foundation website.
Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 5. Mail applications to:
Leopold Conservation Award
c/o Utah Farm Bureau Federation
9865 S. State St.
Sandy, UT 84070
Brent Tanner, executive vice president, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, notes that “Utah farmers and ranchers do an amazing job of caring for their lands and natural resources. We are happy to see their hard work recognized.”
For Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation president and CEO, award recipients “are at the forefront of a movement by America’s farmers and ranchers to simultaneously achieve economic and environmental success.”
The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Utah is made possible thanks to the generous support of Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, The Nature Conservancy in Utah, Producers Livestock Marketing Association, Utah Wool Growers Association, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and the Utah Association of Conservation Districts.
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