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Aldo Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees in Kentucky

Steve Coleman

Leopold Conservation Award

Lexington, KY (March 19, 2013).  Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council have announced the launch of the Leopold Conservation Award program in Kentucky, and are accepting applications for the award.

The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award will honor Kentucky farmers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources. “Private landowners across the State of Kentucky are doing exceptional land conservation work,” said Brent Haglund, Ph.D., Sand County Foundation President. “We look forward to honoring these good stewards of the land who are committed to the enhancement of Kentucky’s rich and diverse agricultural landscape.”

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.”

Karen Woodrich, State Conservationist for the US Dept. of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky said, "We see the land ethic that Leopold wrote about on a regular basis with the work we do across the state."  She added, "We are excited that the Leopold Conservation Award has come to Kentucky because so many landowners take pride in taking care of their land and managing it to last for generations to come, and this award gives us a chance to recognize those efforts in a very substantial way."

"The Kentucky Agricultural Council is proud to be part of the Leopold Conservation Award program,” said Kentucky Agricultural Council Chairman, Tony Brannon. “From the beginnings of pioneering no-till farming in the 1960’s through today’s many and varied farm sustainability efforts to leave this place better than they found it, Kentucky farmers have a proud tradition of feeding, clothing, sheltering and fueling our nation and our world.  This award will allow us to celebrate and learn from the examples of Kentucky farmers who have taken a thoughtful approach to conservation and stewardship of our land.”  

The Kentucky Agricultural Council will be seeking sponsorships to host the award and will present a celebration of the award recipients at the Kentucky Ag Summit, to be held in November, 2013. 

Nominations must be postmarked by July 31, 2013, and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award c/o Kentucky Agricultural Council, P.O. Box 5478 Louisville, Kentucky 40255-0478.

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