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The Sand County Foundation in partnership with Governor Steve Bullock’s Office, Montana Department of Agriculture, and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Rangeland Resource Committee are accepting applications for the 2019 Leopold Conservation Award.
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana is seeking nominations for the Montana Leopold Conservation Award, a new award that recognizes the voluntary conservation work by farmers, ranchers and other landowners.
“Too often we take for granted the remarkable contributions our state’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners make to help sustain the landscapes and values we care deeply about as Montanans,” said Governor Bullock. “I am delighted to partner with the Sand County Foundation to bring the Leopold Award to Montana to recognize a few of our exceptional working lands leaders and I look forward to their stories inspiring neighbors and generations to come with an ethic of thoughtful management and environmental stewardship.”
Presented by the Sand County Foundation of Madison, Wis., the award is given in honor of renowned conservationist and author Aldo Leopold, whose 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” became a touchstone for conservationists as it explored the ethical relationship between people and the land they own or manage.
In Montana, the Governor’s Office, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Rangeland Resources Committee will join the Sand County Foundation in presenting the $10,000 award to the first recipient from Montana later this year.
Applications for the first Montana Leopold Conservation Award are now being accepted. The application may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may apply themselves. The application can be found at: https://sandcountyfoundation.org/our-work/leopold-conservation-award-program/application-info or by downloading this packet MT LCA Application
Applications should be submitted by July 1, 2019 to Stacey Barta.
Applications can be mailed to:
Leopold Conservation Award
c/o Stacey Barta, Montana DNRC
1539 11th Ave
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620