A new partnership between Sand County Foundationand the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wisconsin farmers who demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources.

“We’re extremely proud to partner with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation to honor the tremendous, voluntary conservation work of farmers in Wisconsin,” said Dr. Brent Haglund, president of Sand County Foundation. “This award is a way to recognize farmers across the state who are practicing responsible and innovative land, water and wildlife management in the spirit of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, which was developed right here in Wisconsin.”

Given in honor of Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspires other landowners in their communities through these examples and provides a visible forum where leaders from the agricultural community are recognized as conservation leaders outside of the industry. In his influential book, A Sand County Almanac (1949), 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 Wisconsin Farm Bureau welcomes this opportunity to join forces with the distinguished Sand County Foundation and shine a light on the innovative conservation practices and work that Wisconsin farmers do each day to enhance our environment,” said Bill Bruins, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin is made possible through the generous support of the Bradley Fund for the Environment.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 3, 2010. The 2011 Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, of next year.

For application information, please visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.

Source: Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation