2012 Leopold Conservation Award Applications Available

2012 Leopold Conservation Award Applications Available

Nebraska Cattlemen, Sand County Foundation and Cargill set March 26 as deadline to receive applications from state's cattlemen.

Nebraska Cattlemen, in partnering with Sand County Foundation and Cargill, is seeking nominations for the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska. The winner of the award will receive an Aldo Leopold crystal and a check for $10,000.

The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes Nebraska landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and use sustainable management when working with the natural resources that are in their care.

The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of famed conservationist and author Aldo Leopold who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

"The health of Nebraska's landscape is dependent on hard-working farmers and ranchers across the state who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Nebraska's land, water and wildlife are in better shape than when they found them," saysd Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. "Year after year, the quality of award nominations for the Leopold Conservation Award proves that Nebraska's natural resources are being cared for by innovative landowners who want to see them flourish for future generations."

The Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska is made possible through the support of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Cargill, Ducks Unlimited, Nebraska Beef Industry Foundation, Nebraska Cattlemen Research & Education Foundation, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Land Trust, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Sandhills Task Force, Nature Conservancy, Union Pacific Railroad, Farm Credit Services of America, Nebraska Attorney General's Office and Rain Water Basin Joint Venture.

The Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be announced April 20 and presented at the Nebraska Cattlemen's Annual Convention in Kearney in December.

Landowners may nominate themselves or others and nominations are also welcome from groups or organizations. The nomination deadline is March 26.

For the application/ nomination form, visit www.nebraskacattlemen.org   or contact Kristen Hassebrook, 402.475.2333.

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