North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

The Sand County Foundation is seeking nominees for the 2020 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award, which recognizes a rancher, farmer or forester in the state who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources.

The foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 20 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In North Dakota, the $10,000 award is presented with North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

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.

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

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at


The application deadline is April 15. Mail applications to North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, Attn: Leopold Conservation Award, Box 1091, Bismarck, ND 58502.

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

Gene and Christine Goven, of Turtle Lake, N.D., received the 2019 award in North Dakota.

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