PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The finalists have been announced for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award. The Sand County Foundation, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition named the four finalists last week. The Leopold Conservation Award honors the achievement of South Dakota landowners in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. Finalists include the Cammack Ranch of Union Center, Guptill Ranch of Quinn, Jorgenson Land and Cattle Partnership of Ideal and Slovek Ranch of Philip.
Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, long-term commitment to stewardship, community and civic leadership and more. The award is named in honor of Aldo Leopold who wrote the 1949 book “A Sand County Almanac”. In the book, he called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.
The 2013 award recipient will be named April 19 and will receive $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold. A recognition ceremony for the winner will be held at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association’s annual convention in December.
The Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in several states besides South Dakota; including California, Colorado, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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