Nominations for the 2009 Leopold Conservation Awards are open.
In his influential book, A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. The development of a land ethic was, he wrote, “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” A land ethic is alive and well today in the thousands of American farmers, ranchers, and foresters who do well by their land and do well for their land. Sand County Foundation proudly presents its Leopold Conservation Award to a private landowner who exemplifies the spirit of this emerging land ethic – an individual or a family who translates their deep abiding love for the land into responsible stewardship and management.
The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes landowners actively committed to living Aldo Leopold’s legacy. Working with state or regional conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents high profile awards in settings that showcase the landowners’ achievements among their peers.
Leopold Conservation Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspire other landowners through their example, and help the general public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success.
The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award offered in a single state or region. The award consists of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal.
The deadline for nominations for this year’s awards is July 15, 2009. Nomination forms are available on the Sand County Foundation website.