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Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

CAMP HILL, PA – Know a Pennsylvania farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 20 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Pennsylvania, the $10,000 award is presented annually with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Heinz Endowments.

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 August 1, 2020. Applications can be emailed to If mailed, applications must be postmarked by August 1, and mailed to:

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

c/o Joel Rotz

PO Box 8736

Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736

Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of agricultural and conservation leaders.

“We believe the Leopold Conservation Award, and the outstanding leadership in agriculture that it recognizes, plays an important role in encouraging the continued growth of Pennsylvania’s sustainable agriculture movement,” said Andrew McElwaine, Vice President of Sustainability for Heinz Endowments.

“Farmers across Pennsylvania have voluntarily used their own money to install conservation practices on their land to enhance soil health and improve water quality. We are encouraging these enthusiastic stewards of the land to apply for the Leopold Conservation Award in 2020,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert. “Our farmers believe in the ethical standards supported by Aldo Leopold and embrace the notion that farmers can install and maintain conservation practices while running successful businesses.”

“Pennsylvania farmers have made great strides toward protecting our water, soil and land resources for future generations,” Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “The Leopold Conservation Award honors those whose forward-thinking investments in a sustainable future serve as both a model for their peers and representative of the culture of stewardship among Pennsylvania farmers.”

“Leopold Conservation Award recipients are at the forefront of a movement by America’s farmers and ranchers to simultaneously achieve economic and environmental success,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award is made possible through the generous support of platinum sponsor, Heinz Endowments, and the assistance and support of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Sand County Foundation, USDA NRCS, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.

The Leopold Conservation Award will be presented at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January.

The 2019 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award was presented earlier this year to Mt-Glen Farms, which is owned by Dean and Rebecca Jackson of Columbia Cross Roads.

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The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. Sand County Foundation presents the award in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont).


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 Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to our work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.


Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

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