Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

Feb 12, 2010
by WLJ

Nebraska Cattlemen, in partnership with Sand County Foundation, is seeking nominations for the 2010 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska. The award, which is comprised of $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal, recognizes Nebraska landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources. The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of famed conservationist and author Aldo Leopold who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

“The health of Nebraska’s landscape is dependent on hard-working farmers and ranchers across the state who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Nebraska’s land, water and wildlife are in better shape than when they found them,” said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president. “Year after year, the quality of award nominations for the Leopold Conservation Award proves that Nebraska’s natural resources are being cared for by innovative landowners who want to see them flourish for future generations.”

The 2009 award recipient was Todd and Kristen Eggerling and Lyle and Alice Sittler, owners and managers of Bluestem Valley Farms, Martell, NE.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska is made possible through the generous support of: Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Cargill, Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resources and Conservation Service, Nebraska Beef Industry Foundation, Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Land Trust, and Sandhills Task Force.

The Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be announced April 22 and presented at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Annual Convention in Kearney in December.

Landowners may nominate themselves or others and nominations are also welcome from groups or organizations. The nomination deadline is March 22, 2010. For more information, visit www.leopold conservationaward.org, or contact Duane Gangwish, 402/475-2333, or via e-mail at dgangwish@necattle men.org. — WLJ