Application Deadline Nears for California Leopold Conservation Award

June 4, 2015 04:26 AM
Application Deadline Nears for California Leopold Conservation Award

Applications for the $10,000 award must be postmarked by July 10, 2015.

Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are encouraging applications for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors California farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who demonstrate outstanding natural resources stewardship and practice conservation leadership and outreach. Applications must be postmarked by July 10, 2015.

“As the 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award recipient, we encourage others to share their conservation efforts through this program,” said Judith Redmond, an owner of Fully Belly Farm in Guinda. The “Leopold Conservation Award is the highest national award given to land stewards who focus on conservation.”

“Full Belly Farm demonstrates that business success goes hand in hand with thoughtful natural resources stewardship,” said Brent Haglund, Ph.D., Sand County Foundation President. “We look forward to recognizing more outstanding landowners who are committed to conservation in California.”  

The Leopold Conservation Award is given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, he called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.  The competitive award recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It consists of a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold and $10,000.
The 2015 California Leopold Conservation Award will be presented December 5 at the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Reno. For award and application information, please visit
The California Leopold Conservation Award is possible thanks to generous contributions from many organizations, including American AgCredit, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, DuPont Pioneer and The Mosaic Company. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Sand County Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners across North America to advance ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment. 

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members. 
Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air and water. Since 1993, it has brought together business, landowners and government to steward the resources that we all depend on in ways that make economic sense. Sustainable Conservation believes common ground is California's most important resource. 


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