Bay Area rancher receives Leopold Conservation Award in California
Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are pleased to name Bay Area rancher Tim Koopmann as the 2011 recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award in California.
The sixth annual Leopold Conservation Award for California will be presented December 5 at the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Sparks, Nev.
The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award is named in honor of world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. The award is presented annually in eight states to private landowners who practice exemplary land stewardship and management.
“Tim Koopmann’s commitment to the health of the land and wildlife in his family’s care is exemplary, but he has also made extraordinary improvements in water quality that benefit those on and off of his ranch,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president. “In addition, he has taken steps to help ensure that his land and land ethic will continue to thrive for future generations.”
Tim Koopmann is a third-generation rancher who owns and operates an 850-acre cow-calf operation within the San Francisco Bay Area in Sunol. The Koopmann Ranch is an agricultural gem surrounded by urban development. Read more ...
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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.
"California's extraordinary natural beauty is matched by its extraordinary leaders in agriculture. We are proud to present this award to a California landowner and share their story of conservation achievement around the country." - Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President
Sustainable Conservation partners with business, agriculture, and government to find practical ways that the private sector can protect clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. The independent nonprofit organization leads powerful collaborations that produce lasting solutions and sustain the vitality of both the economy and the environment in California.
"With more than half of California in private hands, the voluntary conservation efforts of farmers, ranchers and other private landowners is crucial to the vitality of wildlife, humans and the economy." - Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation Executive Director
CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
The California Farm Bureau Federation is California's largest farm organization. It works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 53 county Farm Bureaus throughout California, whose members include farm families and those who support the farming way of life.
“The Leopold Conservation Award highlights outstanding examples of the stewardship that family farmers and ranchers contribute every day. Landowners play a crucial role in protecting the environment, providing habitat for wildlife, and maintaining a safe and affordable food supply for consumers.” - Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau Federation President
The 2011 Leopold Conservation Award in California is made possible through the generous support of: