Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees in Utah

Sand County Foundation, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, are accepting applications for the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Utah farmers and ranchers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources.

The award, which is comprised of $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal, recognizes Utah farmers and ranchers who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources. 

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 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.” The Leopold Conservation Award will be presented at the Utah Farm Bureau’s Convention in November in Layton.

“The wise use of our resources and care for the land are of utmost concern for Utah farmers and ranchers, and needs to be a priority for us all as we continue on into the future,” said Ron Gibson, President of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “As we take care of the land and water, it will take care of us — helping us produce food and fiber for America and abroad. I’m proud of the great efforts of Utah’s farmers and ranchers. I look forward to recognizing them for what they’ve been doing — and will continue to do — with this prestigious award.”

“Conservationist Aldo Leopold made the following challenge to stewards of the land: ‘Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.’ Utah farmers and ranchers do an exceptional job of meeting this balance, and we would like them to share their stories by applying for the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Richard Weathered, Western AgCredit President. 

“Utah landowners have a great heritage of caring for the land,” said Brent Tanner, executive vice president of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association. “We are excited every year to see the new applications and hear of the great conservation efforts that are taking place in our state.”

Applications must be postmarked by August 1, 2016 and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 S. State Street, Sandy, UT 84070. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves.

For more information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org

The award program is made possible through generous contributions from Western AgCredit, The Nature Conservancy, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, DuPont Pioneer and The Mosaic Company.