Leopold conservation award applications due Sept. 24 | TSLN.com

Leopold conservation award applications due Sept. 24

PIERRE, SD – Applications for the inaugural $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award in South Dakota are due Friday, Sept. 24.

The award, which is being offered through a new partnership between Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, honors South Dakota farmers and ranchers who demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources.

“We’re extremely proud to partner with the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition to honor the tremendous, voluntary conservation work of landowners in South Dakota,” said Dr. Brent Haglund, president of Sand County Foundation. “This award is a way to recognize farmers and ranchers across the state who are practicing responsible and innovative land, water and wildlife management in the spirit of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic.”

Given in honor of Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspires other landowners in their communities 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 (1949), 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 South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association welcomes this opportunity to join forces with Sand County Foundation to shine a light on the innovative conservation practices and work that South Dakota farmers and ranchers do each day to enhance our environment,” said Bryan Nagel, president of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association.

The 2010 Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be announced at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention in December.

“The health of South Dakota’s landscape is dependent on hard-working farmers and ranchers across the state who dedicate themselves to ensuring that the land, water and wildlife are in better shape than when they found them,” said Jim Faulstich, vice chairman of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition. “We felt it was important to bring this award to South Dakota to recognize these outstanding efforts.”

For application information, visit http://www.leopoldconservationaward.org.

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