Do you know a Nebraska rancher, farmer or forestland owner who goes above and beyond in the stewardship of natural resources? Then nominate them for the 2022 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award.
Sand County Foundation and national sponsor American Farmland Trust present the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 23 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.
In Nebraska, the $10,000 award is presented with the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), Cargill and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.
Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at sandcountyfoundation.org.
The application deadline is March 1. Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or postmarked by March 1 and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o AFAN, 5225 S. 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68512.
Selected recipients must be available for an Earth Day press conference, summer video production and fall award ceremony.
The first Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award was presented to Wilson Ranch at Lakeside in 2006. The 2021 recipient was Switzer Ranch of Loup County. For a full list of award recipients over the years, visit sandcountyfoundation.org.