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Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees: California landowners who exemplify land stewardship

Sacramento, Calif., February 10, 2010 - Sand County Foundation, in partnership with Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau Federation, seeks nominations for the 2010 California Leopold Conservation Award.

"The health of California's landscape is dependent on hard-working farmers and ranchers across the state who dedicate themselves to ensuring that California's land, water and wildlife are in better shape than when they found them," said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. "Year after year, the quality of award nominations for the Leopold Conservation Award proves that California's natural resources are being cared for by innovative landowners who want to see them flourish for future generations."

The $10,000 award recognizes California farmers and ranchers who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources. 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 showcases farmers and ranchers who work every day to create a future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable," said Ashley Boren, Executive Director of Sustainable Conservation.

Nominations are considered in two categories: Nurseries & Crops or Livestock. The judges will select a finalist in each category, and the Leopold Conservation Award winner will be announced on December 6, 2010 at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Monterey, Calif. The deadline for nominations is July 12, 2010.

"The Leopold Conservation Award highlights outstanding examples of the stewardship that family farmers and ranchers contribute every day," said Paul Wenger, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. "Landowners deserve recognition for the crucial role they play in protecting the environment, providing habitat for wildlife, and maintaining a safe and affordable food supply for consumers."

Aside from California, Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, visit, email or call (415) 977-0380.

Sustainable Conservation believes protecting the environment can also be good for business. The organization's climate, air, water and biodiversity initiatives promote practical solutions that produce tangible, lasting benefits for California. Founded in 1993, Sustainable Conservation's effectiveness lies in building strong partnerships with business, agriculture and government - and establishing models for environmental and economic sustainability that can be replicated across California and beyond.

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.

The California Farm Bureau Federation is California's largest farm organization. It works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 85,000 members throughout California, including farm families and those who support the farming way of life.

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