Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association are proud to announce the finalists for the prestigious Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award®, which honors Wisconsin landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.
- Dan Brick, owner and manager of Brickstead Dairy in Greenleaf.
- Ronald Brooks, who owns and manages Brooks Farms, a crop and dairy farm in Waupaca.
- Glen and Susan Wohlk, who own and manage Rainbow Valley Farm, a dairy farm based in Almena.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”
The 2016 Leopold Conservation Award, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold, will be presented at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in December.
“The dairy farmers of Wisconsin are proud to be partners with the Leopold Conservation Awards recognizing that farmers live lives dependent on sound conservation practices,” said Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Sr. V.P. Corporate Communications Patrick Geoghegan.
The Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin is made possible through the generous support of American Transmission Company, Badgerland Financial, WE Energies Foundation, Alliant Energy Foundation, USDA NRCS, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Wisconsin Land & Water Conservation Association.
ABOUT THE LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD
The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
ABOUT SAND COUNTY FOUNDATION
Sand County Foundation (www.sandcounty.net) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners across North America to advance ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment.
ABOUT WISCONSIN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (www.wfbf.com) is Wisconsin’s largest general farm organization. It represents nearly 24,000 farms and agriculturists who belong to one of 61 county Farm Bureaus found across the state. Much like Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural landscape, Farm Bureau members represent all farm commodities, farm sizes and management styles. Farm Bureau’s mission is to lead the farm and rural community through legislative representation, education, public relations and leadership development.
ABOUT WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD
The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (www.wmmb.com) is a nonprofit organization of dairy producers that promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in America’s Dairyland.
ABOUT THE WISCONSIN LAND & WATER CONSERVATION ASSC.
The Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is a membership organization that supports the efforts of 450 Land Conservation Committee supervisors and 350 conservation staff in 72 county Land Conservation Department offices through training, conservation standards development, youth education, grants, partnership building and advocacy.