Nominees wanted for ranching award |

Nominees wanted for ranching award

The Aldo Leopold recognizes stewards of the land

Summit County residents can nominate farmers and ranchers who exemplify land stewardship for the Leopold Conservation Award, which will be presented in November.

The award recipient receives $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal. The award recognizes Utah farmers and ranchers who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources.

"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," s press release from the Utah Farm Bureau states.

The nomination deadline is Aug. 6. Visit or contact Sterling Brown at (801) 233-3001 for more information.

"We are very excited to announce this award on behalf of the farmers and ranchers of Utah," Utah Farm Bureau Federation President Leland Hogan said in the press release. "This ward, however, is great for all of Utah because the recognition and funding helps to preserve and enhance our open space."

The bureau presents the award in partnership with the Wisconsin-based Sand County Foundation, which presents Leopold Conservation Awards in six other states.

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"Utah’s farmers and ranchers have a long history of land preservation and a deep commitment to preserving Utah’s natural resources," Hogan said. "As stewards of the land we want to ensure that history continues well into the future."

The Leopold Conservation Award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Utah Association of Conservation Districts Nov. 14 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.

— Patrick Parkinson