HAYS, Kan. (news release) — Know a Kansas farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for conservation of private land, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 14 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.

In Kansas, the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those 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.

“The Leopold Conservation Award Program provides a valuable opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Kansas agricultural landowners who are committed to strong conservation practices and effective stewardship,” said Dan Meyerhoff, Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts.

“RTK is a proud supporter of the Leopold Conservation Award in Kansas. It is an honor to help recognize those conservationists who go above and beyond in the stewardship of our natural resources,” said Cade Rensink, Chair of the Board of Ranchland Trust of Kansas.

All applications must be or postmarked by June 1, 2019, and mailed to KACD c/o Dan Meyerhoff, 414 Autumn Lane, Hays KS 67601. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves.

The application can be found at: https://sandcountyfoundation.org/uploads/KANSAS-CFN-19.pdf

The award will be presented in November at the KACD Annual Convention in Wichita.

The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Kansas is made possible thanks to the generous support of Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, Ranchland Trust of Kansas, Sand County Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, ITC Great Plains, Westar Energy, The Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, Clean Line Energy Partners, Kansas Forest Service, Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, McDonald’s, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.