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Sand County Foundation seeks nominees for 2019 ND Leopold Conservation Award

BISMARCK, ND -- Know a North Dakota rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award.

Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 14 states for achievement in voluntary conservation. In North Dakota, the $10,000 award is presented with North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. 

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at: https://sandcountyfoundation.org/uploads/ND-CFN-19.pdf

The application deadline date is April 15, 2019. Mail applications to:

North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition

Attn: Leopold Conservation Award

P.O. Box 1091

Bismarck, ND 58502

The 2018 recipient of the award was J.S. Wilson Farm from Jamestown.

The Leopold Conservation Award Program in North Dakota is made possible thanks to the generous support of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Starion Financial, North Dakota Game & Fish Department, APEX Clean Energy, Audubon, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Cow Chip Ranch, Dakota Community Bank and Trust, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, KEM Electric Cooperative, McDonald’s, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, The Nature Conservancy in North Dakota, North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, Roughrider Electric Cooperative, Slope Electric Cooperative, The Wildlife Society North Dakota, and World Wildlife Fund.

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