Know a Wisconsin farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the
care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 Wisconsin
Leopold Conservation Award^®.
Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for the conservation of private land, presents the
Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary
achievement in voluntary conservation. In Wisconsin the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes
landowners 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.
Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate
themselves. The application can be found at:
Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2019. Mail applications to:
Leopold Conservation Award
c/o Sand County Foundation
131 W. Wilson Street, Suite 610
Madison, WI 53703
“Leopold Conservation Award recipients are at the forefront of a movement by
America’s farmers and ranchers to simultaneously achieve economic and environmental
success,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President and Chief Executive
“This award showcases outstanding farmers who are going above and beyond to make
sure they are protecting land and water resources for the next generation,” said Jim
Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President. “I know many of our state’s farmers have
already implemented sustainable farming practices and could easily fit the criteria.
I encourage all who are eligible to apply.”
“Dairy farmers have a long history of nurturing and protecting the natural resources
within their care. The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and the dairy farm families we
represent are proud to again sponsor the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Patrick
Geoghegan, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Senior Vice President of Marketing and
“Locally led conservation would not be nearly as effective without the hard work and
collaboration with farmers across Wisconsin. Environmental stewardship is an
indivisible part of sustainable agriculture and Leopold Conservation Award nominees
are models for successfully applying those practices,” said Matt Krueger, Wisconsin
Land and Water Conservation Association Executive Director.
The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Wisconsin is made possible thanks to the
generous support of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin,
Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, American Transmission Company,
Compeer Financial, We Energies Foundation, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation
Service, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association,
Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association,
The Leopold Conservation Award will be presented at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau
Federation’s Annual Meeting in December.
The first Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award recipient was selected in 2006. David
Geiser of New Holstein received the award in 2018.