News & Publications

2018
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Farmers, Ranchers Critical to Saving Monarchs, Pollinators

    Farmers and ranchers are critical to a national effort to provide habitat for monarch butterflies and insect pollinators.  

    “There is room on every farm and ranch to encourage habitat for monarchs and pollinators,” said Craig Ficenec, a program director for Sand County Foundation. 

    Essential for crop pollination and ecological diversity, pollinators and monarchs are at risk partly due to loss of farmland habitat. Monarch butterfly numbers have dropped by 80 percent over the past 20 years. Monarch caterpillars face a shortage of their sole food source: native milkweed. 

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  • Jun 18, 2018

    Beatty Canyon Ranch Receives Colorado Leopold Conservation Award

    Beatty Canyon Ranch shines at doing right by the land, water, livestock and wildlife amid the grandeur of southeastern Colorado’s canyon landscape. Its owners were presented with a $10,000 award, and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold, at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association annual convention in Loveland on Monday, June 18.

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  • Jun 04, 2018

    Kirtland’s Warbler Comeback is a Conservation Success Story

    Landowners crucial to its next chapter

    Bringing a rare bird species back from the brink makes a great comeback story. But the story of the Kirtland’s warbler is far from over, according to the Sand County Foundation. The nation’s leading voice for private land conservation says further progress for the bird relies heavily on private landowners and non-governmental organizations committed to conservation. 

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  • May 31, 2018

    New Sand County Foundation Project Will Work to Advance Clean Water Collaborations in Iowa and Illinois

    Furthering upstream-downstream partnerships in the Mississippi River Basin is the goal of a new project spearheaded by Sand County Foundation. Jamie Konopacky has joined Sand County Foundation’s staff as Senior Attorney and Watershed Policy Specialist to lead this effort.

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  • May 29, 2018

    Endangered Species Expert Joins Environmental Policy Innovation Center to Launch Biodiversity Program

    Ya-Wei (Jake) Li is joining the Environmental Policy Innovation Center as Director for Biodiversity. In this role, Li will grow the Center’s program to develop innovative policies that spectacularly improve the speed and scale of endangered species conservation. Environmental Policy Innovation Center is a fiscally sponsored project of Sand County Foundation. 

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  • May 24, 2018

    Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award’s Finalists Named

    FRANKFORT, KY. – Three finalists have been named for the prestigious 2018 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award®.

    Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. 

    In Kentucky the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Kentucky Agricultural Council and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. 

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  • May 23, 2018

    Leopold Conservation Award Comes to Pennsylvania

    A prestigious award that celebrates voluntary conservation by farmland owners is coming to Pennsylvania.

    This year Pennsylvania will become the 14th state to present the Leopold Conservation Award®in partnership with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Heinz Endowments. 

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  • May 17, 2018

    Laborcitas Creek Ranch Receives Texas Leopold Conservation Award

    AUSTIN – At a time when the great grasslands of South Texas face threats such as land ownership fragmentation and non-native invasive grasses, Laborcitas Creek Ranch shines as a beacon, bucking the trends by adding acreage under conservation and diligently restoring native habitat to benefit diverse wildlife, from game animals to waterfowl and more.

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  • Apr 24, 2018

    2018 California Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

    Sand County Foundation, California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award publicly honors California farmers, ranchers, foresters and other private landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of the state’s natural resources.

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  • Apr 23, 2018

    Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Utah Nominees

    Know a Utah farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2018 Utah Leopold Conservation Award®.

    Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for conservation of private land, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.

    In Utah, the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, and Utah Association of Conservation Districts. 

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  • Apr 20, 2018

    Cammack Ranch to Receive South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award

    PIERRE – Cammack Ranch of Union Center has been selected to receive the 2018 South Dakota Conservation Award®.

    The prestigious award, given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation on private land and management of natural resources by American ranchers, farmers and foresters in 13 states.

    In South Dakota, the award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition. The award honors South Dakota landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

    In conjunction with Earth Day, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced that Cammack Ranch would receive the 2018 award.

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  • Apr 20, 2018

    O’Rourkes Receive Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award

    LINCOLN – Jim and Lora O’Rourke are the recipients of the 2018 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award®.

    The O’Rourkes own and operate RuJoDen Ranch in Chadron, Nebraska.

    The prestigious award, given in honor or renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation and management of natural resources by American ranchers, farmers and foresters in 13 states.

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  • Apr 17, 2018

    Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Missouri Nominees

    Know a Missouri farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2018 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award®.

    Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for conservation of private land, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. 

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  • Apr 17, 2018

    Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Oklahoma Nominees

    Know an Oklahoma rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources?

    Nominate them for the 2018 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award®.

    Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for private land conservation, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. 

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  • Apr 13, 2018

    Emmons Farm Receives Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Emmons Farm has been selected as the recipient of the first Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award®.

    The prestigious award, given in honor or renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation by American ranchers, farmers and foresters in 13 states.

    In Oklahoma the award is presented by Sand County FoundationOklahoma Cattlemen’s AssociationOklahoma Farming and Ranching FoundationITC Holdings Corp. and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. 

    Emmons Farm is located in Leedey, and is owned and managed by the Jimmy and Ginger Emmons family. 

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  • Apr 05, 2018

    Sand County Foundation Announces New Communications Director

    MADISON – Sand County Foundation has named Casey Langan its communications director. 

    Langan joins Sand County Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in public relations and agricultural journalism. 

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  • Apr 03, 2018

    Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Wisconsin Nominees

    MADISON – Know a Wisconsin farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources?

    Nominate them for the 2018 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award®.


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  • Feb 26, 2018

    Kansas Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees

    Sand County Foundation, the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) are accepting applications until June 2 for the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award. The $10,000 award honors Kansas farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

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  • Jan 23, 2018

    Partnership of Conservation Organizations Launches Needed Agricultural Water Quality Practice Assessment

    A partnership to assess agricultural practices and strategies to further improve water quality in the U.S. was launched today by the Sand County Foundation, the Noble Research Institute, Farm Foundation and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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