Leopold Conservation Award

Celebrating California Farmers, Ranchers and Other Landowners for Sound Stewardship

There’s one vital group of Californians that perhaps gets praised the least for promoting a healthy environment across the state: landowners.

Because more than 50% of all land in California is privately owned, how these folks manage their properties has a dramatic and lasting effect on the environment — from climate change, to clean air and water, to wildlife. They are the front-line defenders in protecting the quality of our air and water, landscapes that protect people and wildlife alike, and ensuring a healthy climate for the state. Moreover, the fate of imperiled species, 90% of which make their homes on private land, largely rests in these individual’s hands.

Leopold Conservation Award

That’s why in 2006 we teamed up with the Sand County Foundation — a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that works with landowners to improve wildlife and habitat nationally — and the California Farm Bureau Federation to co-sponsor the first-ever Leopold Conservation Award in California. Advancing sustainable land stewardship is something we’ve been championing for nearly two decades.

Dedicated to the spirit of world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold (author of A Sand County Almanac), the Leopold Conservation Award celebrates the extraordinary efforts of California farmers and ranchers to protect and restore the natural resources they preside over. Having become a resounding success in seven states — and here in the Golden State — the award also aims to inspire other would-be conservationists and promote a better understanding among the public about the important role landowners play in sustaining a healthy planet.

Nationwide Leopold Conservation Award information.

Leopold Conservation Award Recipients



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California Farm Bureau Federation
Sand County Foundation

From our blog

Congratulations to Lone Star Ranch, Recipient of the 2016 California Leopold Conservation Award®

Co-sponsored by Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation, the award honors extraordinary landowner achievement in the voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. Owned and operated by Mark and Dina Moore near Eureka, Lone Star Ranch models voluntary conservation practices that often exceed minimum regulatory obligations with extraordinary impact. This includes Dina’s close…

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Watch: Full Belly Farm Accepts the 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award

This past week marked the California Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Meeting, during which the 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award recipient, Full Belly Farm, was honored.

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Full Belly Farm Receives 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award

Congratulations to Full Belly Farm for being named the recipient of the 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award! The award honors private landowners for sound stewardship.

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