H.A. Farms, operated by the Stowell Family near Parowan, Utah, is the winner of the annual Leopold Conservation Award in Utah.
The prize, given each year as an honor to the stewardship and environmental improvement of the recipient farm operation, is awarded by the Sand County Foundation in Wisconsin, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association.
The prize comes with a $10,000 check and a crystal trophy depicting the late Aldo Leopold, a well-known conservationist in Sand County, Wis.
Finalists included W.F. Goring & Son, Inc., Box Elder County, and Johnson Mountain Ranch in Sevier County.
H.A. Farms is a sheep and cattle operation in Iron County operated by Dennis Stowell until his death in 2011. The family has continued his tradition of land stewardship.
Stowell served in the Utah State Senate and chaired the Senate Natural Resources Committee. In his ag involvement, he used conservation management ideas and innovations to improve the condition of the land, increase productivity and enhance wildlife habitat.
Today, the farm is operated by Dennis Stowell’s wife, Marilee Stowell, and their sons Coy and Kelly.
In addition to the award, the Utah Section of the Society for Range Management honored Coy in early November with its Excellence in Range Management award for the state.
The Leopold prize is given in hope that through highlighting the career of ardent conservationists, others will be prone to improve their own natural resources management.
Support for the prize also comes from the Utah Wool Growers Association, the Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
Sand County presents the prize is also given in Colorado, Wyoming, California, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
Leopold’s 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” urges farmers to establish an “ethical relationship” with the land, for “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”