DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. — Know a Maryland farmer or forestland owner who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2022 Maryland Leopold Conservation Award.®
Sand County Foundation and national sponsor American Farmland Trust present the Leopold Conservation Award to farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in 23 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Maryland, the award is presented with state partners: Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Maryland Association of Conservation Districts, and Maryland Farm Bureau Inc.
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.
Owners of farm and forestland in Maryland may apply for the award themselves, or be nominated. The application deadline is August 1, 2022.
The Maryland application can be found at www.sandcountyfoundation.org/
Apply for the award at https://app.mykaleidoscope.
Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of agricultural and conservation leaders. The recipient receives a $10,000 award and the conservation success found on their farm or forest will be featured in a professional video.
The recipient will be announced at the Maryland Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention & Meeting of Delegates on December 5, 2022.
“Farmers face a myriad of decisions, not only about what they produce but how they steward their family heritage and manage their lands,” said Samantha Campbell, President of the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment. “We are very pleased to recognize outstanding farmers who, by their thoughtful decision-making, not only help lead food production, but demonstrate an exceptional commitment to environmental stewardship.”
“Recipients of this award are real life examples of conservation-minded agriculture,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President and CEO. “These hard-working families are essential to our environment, food system and rural economy.”
“As the national sponsor for Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award, American Farmland Trust celebrates the hard work and dedication of farmers, ranchers and forestland owners,” said John Piotti, AFT president and CEO. “At AFT we believe that conservation in agriculture requires a focus on the land, the practices and the people, and this award recognizes the integral role of all three.”
The Maryland Leopold Conservation Award is made possible through the generous support of American Farmland Trust, Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Maryland Farm Bureau Inc., Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Sand County Foundation, Maryland Department of Agriculture, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delmarva Chicken Association, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Conservancy, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, ShoreRivers, and The Nature Conservancy.
–Maryland Farm Bureau