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LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD SEEKS NOMINEES: CALIFORNIA FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHO EXEMPLIFY LAND STEWARDSHIP

San Francisco, Calif., March 29, 2007 – Sand County Foundation, in partnership with Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau Federation, seeks nominations for the 2007 Leopold Conservation Award. The Award recognizes California farmers and ranchers who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources, and carries a $10,000 cash prize from the Foundation. The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of famed conservationist and author Aldo Leopold who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

"The Leopold Conservation Award shows how family farmers and ranchers work every day toward a sustainable future," said California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar. "Voluntary conservation work by farmers and ranchers enhances the natural resources under their care."

Nominations are considered in three categories: Nurseries and Crops; Dairy, Beef and Poultry; and Rangeland and Timber. A finalist in each category will be recognized, and the 2007 Leopold Conservation Award winner will be announced on December 3, 2007 at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Sparks, Nev.

"California's extraordinary natural beauty is matched by its extraordinary leaders in agriculture," said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. "We are proud to present this award to a California landowner and share their story of conservation achievement around the country."

The Leopold Conservation Award was first presented in California in 2006 to brothers Brad and Randy Lange and their Lange Twins Wine Estates. They exemplify one of the central themes of the Leopold Conservation Award: that long-term sustainability includes both environmental and economic health.

"The environmental stewardship frame of mind allows us to think outside the box to find creative solutions that can be mutually beneficial to our ecosystem and to our bottom line…not to mention the priceless benefit of conserving the environment for future farming generations," said Brad Lange.

"With more than half of California land in private hands, the voluntary conservation efforts of farmers, ranchers and other private landowners is crucial to the vitality of wildlife, humans and the economy," said Ashley Boren, executive director of Sustainable Conservation.

The nomination deadline is June 29, 2007. For more information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org, email suscon@suscon.org or call (415) 977-0380.


ABOUT SAND COUNTY FOUNDATION
Sand County Foundation is a private, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners to improve habitat on their land. In the spirit of Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, the Foundation encourages the exercise of private responsibility in the pursuit of improved land health. www.sandcounty.net

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION
Sustainable Conservation partners with business, agriculture, and government to find practical ways that the private sector can protect clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. The independent nonprofit organization leads powerful collaborations that produce lasting solutions and sustain the vitality of both the economy and the environment in California. www.suscon.org

ABOUT CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU
The California Farm Bureau Federation is California's largest farm organization. It works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 92,000 members throughout California, including farm families and those who support the farming way of life. www.cfbf.com