Finalists Announced for Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska

News
Oct 9, 2009
by WLJ
Finalists Announced for Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska

Sand County Foundation and Nebraska Cattlemen are proud to announce the finalists for the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska.

The Leopold Conservation Award, named in honor of world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is comprised of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal. The award is presented annually in seven states to private landowners who practice responsible land stewardship and management.

“Year after year, the finalists in Nebraska are exceptional stewards of the land, water, and wildlife that are part of their ranches,” said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president. “The Leopold Conservation Award serves as an annual reminder of the tremendous work Nebraska ranchers are doing for agriculture and conservation.”

The 2009 finalists, listed alphabetically, are: Bluestem Valley Farms, Lyle and Alice Sittler and Todd and Kristen Eggerling, Martell, NE; Gosnell Ranch, Gordon and Sandy Gosnell, Maxwell, NE; Paul Rohrbaugh, Steinauer, NE; Tippetts Myers Ranch, Lynn and Marlene Myers, Lewellen, NE.

The 2009 Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be recognized Dec. 10 at the Nebraska Cattlemen Annual Convention in Kearney.

The panel of judges for 2009 was comprised of: Ginger Langemierer—Nebraska Department of Agriculture; David Sands— Nebraska Land Trust; Jim Van Winkle—Sand Hills Task Force; Mark Brohman—Nebraska Environmental Trust; Tim Mc- Coy—Nebraska Game & Parks Commission; Mace Hack—Nebraska Nature Conservancy.

“Farm and ranch owners,” said Brohman, “do not get enough credit for the great stewardship they exhibit across the state. Being a judge, I have the privilege of seeing their great works in their applications. He added, “It is exciting to learn about the wonderful conservation practices that Nebraska cattle ranchers are doing every day across the state. Some of these practices have occurred over several generations and continue to be passed down. It is a pleasure to be part of the Leopold Award.”

The 2008 award recipient was A.B. Cox of Mullen; 2007 award recipients were

Rod and Amy Christen of Steinauer, and the 2006 recipient was the Wilson Ranch, Lakeside.

For more information, please visit www.leopold conservationaward.org or contact Mike Fitzgerald, 402/475-2333, mfitzgerald@ necattlemen.org.

The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of a crystal depiction of Aldo Leopold seated on a horse and a check for $10,000. In 2009, Sand County Foundation will present Leopold Conservation Awards in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Utah and California.

The awards are presented to accomplish three objectives: First, they recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation on the land of exemplary private landowners. Second, they inspire countless other landowners in their own communities through these examples. Finally, they provide a visible forum where leaders from the agriculture community are recognized as conservation leaders to groups outside of agriculture. — WLJ

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