The "Sand County" part of our name pays homage to an influential environmental book called “A Sand County Almanac”. The author was Aldo Leopold, a conservation visionary who changed how we think about restoring land health and managing wildlife. In the 1930s and 40s, he worked to inspire private landowners to adopt what he called a land ethic. We carry on that work today.
Farmers and ranchers make decisions every day that affect our food, water, wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Sand County Foundation inspires and enables private landowners to make conservation-minded land management decisions. As we succeed, everyone benefits.
We can share information with you about effective conservation strategies and invite you to become part of a national network of conservation-minded landowners. You may also benefit from policy improvements that we champion, and you may nominate yourself, or be nominated, for our Leopold Conservation Award.
We would love to have your involvement and support, but we are not a membership organization or an advocacy group. We are a nonprofit public charity engaging private landowners in conservation-minded land management. We invite you to sign up for our e-newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about conservation-minded land management.
Like Aldo Leopold, Sand County Foundation believes conservation undertaken by landowners, either voluntarily or through incentives, provides more ecological benefits, at lower cost and with lasting results than through more regulations.