FRANKFORT, Ky. - Sand County Foundation, the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC), and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) are accepting applications for the Leopold Conservation Award program in Kentucky. The $10,000 award honors Kentucky farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

“Landowners throughout Kentucky are committed to the enhancement of the state’s rich and diverse landscape,” said Sand County Foundation President, Brent M. Haglund. “Their conservation work benefits us all.”

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

"The Kentucky Agricultural Council is proud to be part of the Leopold Conservation Award program,” said KAC Chairman Nancy Cox. “Last year’s winners were Jerry and Valarie Peery, who set a high standard for stewardship of natural resources on their farm. There are many more agricultural producers in Kentucky, who are outstanding stewards of our natural resources, who are will deserving of this recognition. KAC is happy again to partner with Sand County Foundation to bring this prestigious award to Kentucky in 2015. This award will allow us to celebrate and learn from the examples of Kentucky farmers who have taken a thoughtful approach to conservation and stewardship of our land.”

“KACD and conservation districts promote the sound management of all our natural resources, and we are excited to join the Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council in recognizing a well-deserving landowner in Kentucky,” said KACD President David Rowlett. “The association and conservation districts work daily to assist private landowners in their efforts to adopt sound soil and water conservation practices on their land that benefit us all.”

Nominations must be postmarked by April 15, 2015, and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Franklin County Conservation District, 103 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

The award will be presented at the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Convention on July 21, 2015.

The Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, The Mosaic Company, and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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