Applications for the Prestigious 2018 Leopold Conservation Award Are Due March 1

Date: February 13, 2018

Release Date: Immediate

Contact: Kristen Hassebrook, Executive Director

Phone: 402-421-4416 • E-mail:


Attention Nebraska Landowners: Applications for the Prestigious 2018 Leopold Conservation Award Are Due March 1


Lincoln, NE (2-12-18) If you or someone you know is a landowner dedicated to the principles of conservation-minded resources management, you may want to apply for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award for 2018. But you’ll have to act soon. Details about the application can be found online at The application deadline is March 1.


In Nebraska, the award is presented by the Madison, Wisconsin-based Sand County Foundation in partnership with Nebraska Cattlemen and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The award is named after Aldo Leopold, whose 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, was an early call to action on the land conservation front.


The Leopold Conservation Award is presented annually to a private landowner or company that demonstrates extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspires other landowners through their example, and helps the general public understand the vital role private landowners can play in conservation success. The 2017 award in Nebraska went to Kurt and Wayne Kaup of Stuart, owners and operators of K&W Farms, a pig farming operation.


The 2018 Leopold Conservation Award will be presented in November at the Annual Meeting of the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) in Lincoln.


Applications are due March 1. All materials must be mailed to: Leopold Conservation Award c/o

Nebraska Cattlemen, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 101, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2833

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