Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

Feb 17, 2012

—Colorado landowners who exemplify land stewardship.

Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy, seeks nominations for the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

“Through this partnership, we have had the pleasure of honoring nine outstanding agricultural families in Colorado,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president. “These families are representative of the tremendous conservation work of ranchers and farmers across Colorado, and we look forward to recognizing many more of them through the Leopold Conservation Award.”

The award, which is comprised of $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal, recognizes Colorado 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.

“Those who conserve while working their land on a daily basis deserve to be recognized, as they provide the highest level of conservation and services to society,” stated Terry Fankhauser, executive vice president of CCA. “CCA is honored to be a partner in this award, but even prouder to recognize the backbone of our country—America’s ranching and farming families.”

The Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado is sponsored by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Peabody Energy, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Credit, The Nature Conservancy and The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The Leopold Conservation Award will be presented at the CCA Annual Convention on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Loveland, CO.

The nomination deadline is March 16, 2012. For more information, visit Leopold ConservationAward.org, or contact CCA at info@colora docattle.org. — WLJ