Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Applicants in Colorado

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The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy, are seeking nominations for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

Applications for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado are being accepted until February 8, 2013

The relationship between agricultural producers and their land is like no other in the conservation world. - Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice-President, Colorado Cattlemen's Association

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy, are seeking nominations for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

"Through this partnership, we have had the pleasure of honoring 10 outstanding agricultural families in Colorado," said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. "These families are representative of the tremendous conservation work of ranchers and farmers across Colorado, and we look forward to recognizing many more of them through the Leopold Conservation Award."

The Award, which is comprised of $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal, recognizes Colorado landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and 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 relationship between agricultural producers and their land is like no other in the conservation world,” stated Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice-President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. “The combination is greater than the parts. The Leopold Conservation Award allows this story to be told and retold throughout Colorado and the West.”

The nomination deadline is February 8, 2013. The Leopold Conservation Award will be presented at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Breckenridge.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado is sponsored by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Peabody Energy, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Credit.

For nomination materials and other information, please visit http://www.leopoldconservationaward.org
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ABOUT THE LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD
The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of an Aldo Leopold crystal and a check for $10,000. In 2013, Sand County Foundation will present Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Past Leopold Conservation Award winners from Colorado include:
2003 Capps Ranch - Frankie and Sue Menegatti
2004 Rusk Hereford Ranch – Randy and Claricy Rusk
2005 McNeil Ranch – Mike and Cathy McNeil
2006 Bohart Ranch – Dick and Sandra Tanner
2007 San Isabel Ranch – Bet Kettle, Mike and Sara Shields
2008 Coleman Ranches – Jim and Frances Coleman, Tim and Teddi Coleman
2009 Mesa de Maya Ranch – John and Carolyn Doherty
2010 Stanko Ranch – Jim and Jo Stanko
2011 Pipe Springs Ranch – McEndree Family
2012 Wineinger-Davis Ranch – Russell and Tricia Davis

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. http://www.sandcounty.net

ABOUT COLORADO CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is the state’s only nonprofit trade organization exclusively representing Colorado’s beef producers. Founded in 1867, CCA is the nation’s oldest state cattlemen’s association. CCA serves its members by speaking out on behalf of Colorado’s more than 12,000 beef producers. http://www.coloradocattle.org/

ABOUT COLORADO CATTLEMEN’S AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST
Recognizing the need to help Colorado’s ranching and farming families protect their agricultural lands, in the face of growing development and economic pressures, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association in 1995 formed the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT). To date, CCALT has protected 268 ranches, covering more than 399,000 acres. http://www.ccalt.org/

ABOUT ENCANA OIL & GAS (USA) INC.
Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. is a leading North American energy company that produces approximately 4.4 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent per day, more than 80 percent of which is natural gas. The organization strives to be a trusted community contributor and is committed to benchmark practices in safety and environmental stewardship, ethical business conduct, and community responsibility. http://www.encana.com

ABOUT PEABODY ENERGY
Peabody Energy’s products fuel approximately 10 percent of America's, and 2 percent of the world's electricity. The company serves customers in 21 nations, representing more than half the world's population. Peabody achieves strong productivity and safety results and continues to receive the industry's highest honors for land restoration and environmental stewardship. http://www.peabodyenergy.com

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