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Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees in South Dakota

PIERRE, SD – Know a South Dakota rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 South Dakota 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 14 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.

In South Dakota, the $10,000 award is presented with the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition. The 2018 recipient of the award was Cammack Ranch of Union Center.

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:

The application deadline date is March 4, 2019. Applications must be mailed to:

Leopold Conservation Award

c/o South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association

116 N. Euclid, Suite C

Pierre, SD 57501

Selected recipients must be available for an Earth Day announcement, summer video production and tour, and fall award presentation.

The Leopold Conservation Award Program in South Dakota made possible thanks to the generous support of First Dakota National Bank, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, SD DENR Discovery Center, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bad River Ranches, Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership, Daybreak Ranch, Ducks Unlimited, Millborn Seeds, Professional Alliance, South Dakota’s Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, South Dakota Pheasants Forever, Todd Mortenson Family, U.S. Fish and Wildlife-Partners for Fish and Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund-Northern Great Plains, Audubon Dakota, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

For application information, please visit

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The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


Sand County Foundation inspires and enables a growing number of private landowners to ethically manage natural resources in their care, so future generations have clean and abundant water, healthy soil to support agriculture and forestry, plentiful habitat for wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation.


The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is a member-driven organization working to advance and protect the interests of all cattlemen. 


The South Dakota Grassland Coalition is a non-profit organization that seeks the voluntary improvement of grasslands for the long-term needs of the resource and its various species. The SD Grassland Coalition is dedicated to improving and maintaining the state’s grasslands by informing and guiding grassland managers to make cost-effective and environmentally sound management decisions.

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