Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wisconsin farmers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources.
Applications are due by Aug. 7. The winner and finalists will be announced in late 2015. For complete application information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org/the-award/application-info/
Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation are proud to partner, for the first time, with the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association to present the 2015 award.
"Through this important partnership, we recognize the conservation efforts of outstanding Wisconsin agricultural producers who have built a strong tradition of sustainable agriculture," said Brent M. Haglund, Sand County Foundation president. "We look forward to honoring more landowners who are committed to the enhancement of Wisconsin's landscape."
Given in honor of Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation on working lands, inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where leaders from the agricultural community are recognized as conservation leaders outside of the industry. In his influential book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called "an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity."
"Wisconsin Land and Water is honored to be a sponsor of the Leopold Conservation Award. We are proud to support private landowners who understand that good land management benefits the environment as well as themselves," said Jim VandenBrook, executive director.
"The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is pleased to join with Sand County Foundation in recognizing working farms that demonstrate a high standard of care for the soil and water on their farms. These farmers lead by example, and inspire others to continue the search for better methods of protecting our resources," said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation president.
The Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin is made possible through the generous support of DuPont Pioneer, The Mosaic Company, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, American Transmission Company, Badgerland Financial, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Alliant Energy Foundation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.