A prestigious award program that celebrates voluntary conservation by farmers and forestland owners is coming to New England.

The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to ethical land, water and wildlife habitat management on agricultural land. 

Sand County Foundation will present the annual award in partnership with New England Forestry Foundation and American Farmland Trust-New England.

New England’s first award recipient will receive the $10,000 award later this year.  

The Leopold Conservation Award is given to farmers, ranchers and foresters in states across the U.S. in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Applications for the first New England Leopold Conservation Award are now being accepted. Owners of forestland and farmland in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont may apply for the award themselves or be nominated by another party. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of agricultural and forestry conservation leaders. 

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

Applications must be postmarked by July 15. For more information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org. 

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