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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.

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 his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

In Oklahoma the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute, the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, and ITC Holdings Corp. Additional support comes from Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“Nominating a farmer or rancher you know, or self-nominating your own operation, is a great way to celebrate the hard work and commitment to land stewardship,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President and CEO. “And it goes a long way to helping the urban public appreciate the important role that private landowners play in protecting and enhancing the environment.”

2017’s Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award recipient was Emmons Farm, owned and operated by Jimmy and Ginger Emmons of Leedey.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at

Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2018 and mailed to: Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, 2501 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.