08-11-16 Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees…

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Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees

Award recognizes landowners who exemplify outstanding stewardship

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Sand County Foundation and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) are accepting applications for the 2017 Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wyoming ranchers who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources.

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.”

The annual award, presented as the most prestigious award within the Wyoming Stock Growers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program, includes a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold, an automatic entry into the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s regional and national awards program and $10,000.

“The WSGA Environmental Stewardship Program has recognized the careful management of our natural resources by Wyoming’s ranchers since 1996,” WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna said. “Each year WSGA and our partners look forward to honoring outstanding landowners for the contribution they make to our state’s economy, environment and culture.”

“Each recipient of this award in Wyoming is an exceptional steward of our natural resources,” said Sand County Foundation CEO Brent Haglund, Ph.D. “And we look forward to honoring more outstanding ranching families in Wyoming.”

The deadline for nominations is September 2, 2016. All materials must be mailed to: Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Wyoming Stock Growers Association, P.O. Box 206, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

For more information and application materials, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org, or www.wysga.org and visit Programs & Partners, then WSGA Environmental Stewardship Program.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming is made possible through the support of The Monaghan Foundation, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, World Wildlife Fund, DuPont Pioneer and the Mosaic Company.

About the Leopold Conservation Award
The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of a crystal award depicting Aldo Leopold and $10,000. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

About the Wyoming Stock Growers Association

Since 1872, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association has served the livestock business and families of Wyoming by protecting their economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, custom and cultural interests. We promote the role of the cattle industry in resource stewardship, animal care and the production of high-quality, safe and nutritious beef. Learn more at wysga.org or call 307-638-3942.

About Sand County Foundation
Sand County Foundation (
www.sandcounty.net) 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.

Submitted to BARN Media by:

Haley J. Lockwood

Communication, Publications & Programs Director

WSGA/WCW Young Producers Assembly Secretary

Wyoming Stock Growers Association

307-331-2789 cell | 307-638-3942 ph | 307-634-1210 fax

P.O. Box 206, Cheyenne, WY 82003

haley@wysga.org | www.wysga.org/ | www.realranchers.com/

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