It is that time again for the Utah Farm Bureau and the Sand County Foundation to call for nominations for the sustainable farming Leopold Conservation Award.
The Utah Cattlemen's Association is also sponsoring the effort, which has an Aug. 2 deadline
The award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize and the crystal Aldo Leopold trophy, is given in honor of the namesake, a conservationist and author who led a call for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.
Six Utah families have already received the award, notes Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president. "These families are representative of the tremendous conservation work of ranchers and farmers across Utah," he says.
Last year, the Leopold was awarded the Heaton family of Kane County, Utah, during a presentation during the annual Utah Farm Bureau convention in Layton last November.
"We are very excited to promote and sponsor this award on behalf of farmers and ranchers of Utah," says Leland Hogan, Utah Farm Bureau president.
"The award, however, is great for all of us in Utah because the recognition and funding helps preserve and enhance our open space. Utah's farmers and ranchers have a long history of land preservation and a deep commitment to preserving Utah's natural resources. As stewards of the land we want to ensure that history continues well into the future."
The Sand County Foundation is a non-profit conservation unit working with private landowners to improve habitat.
Leopold's writings inspired the foundation devotion to conservation and observation that a farm is a reflection of the owner. Sand County officials believe that the award inspires landowners by highlighting examples of those who are singled out for their efforts to improve the conservation of natural resources.
For more information on the Leopold Award, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org, or contact Matt Hargraves at (801) 233-3003 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.