Awards

Leopold Conservation Award 

The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of renowned conservationist and author Aldo Leopold, who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Leopold Conservation Award Presented by Sand County Foundation

 

2019

Johnson Farm, Frankfort, South Dakota – 2019 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winner

2018

Cammack Ranch, Union Center, South Dakota – 2018 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winner

2017

Blue Bell Ranch/Hamann, Clear Lake, South Dakota – 2017 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winner

2016

Cronin Farms & Dan Forgey – 2016 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winners

2015

Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership – 2015 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award

2014

2014 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award: Rock Hills Ranch

2013

2013 SD Leopold Conservation Award ~ The Guptill Ranch

2012

Kopriva Family – 2012 Leopold Conservation Award (South Dakota)

2011

Mortenson Family – 2011 Leopold Conservation Award (South Dakota)

2011

Rick & Marlis Doud – 2010 Leopold Conservation Award (South Dakota)

Leopold Conservation Award made possible through generous support from these sponsors

Friend of the Prairie Award

To recognize individuals for their conservation efforts, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition has established the “Friend of the Prairie” award. This award recognizes those working in public roles to ensure stewardship of the state’s natural resources through sustainable and profitable management. The awardees are given a framed display featuring the pasque flower and western wheat grass, the state flower and grass of South Dakota.

2017 Award Winners
Dr. Dennis C. Clarke, Former SD DENR Project Officer, & Jeff Hemenway, Retired NRCS State Soil Quality Specialist.
2016 Award Winners
2016 Friend of the Prairie Award, Rod Baumberger and Dave Steffen
2016 Friend of the Prairie Award, Rod Baumberger and Dave Steffen
2015 Award Winners
2015 Friend of the Prairie Award, Codi Vallery-Mills and Kindra Gordon
2015 Friend of the Prairie Award, Codi Vallery-Mills and Kindra Gordon
2014 Award Winners

2014 Friend of the Prairie Award, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, U.S. Senator John Thune, and U.S. Senator Tim Johnson

Jim Faulstich (Chair SDGC), Kristi Noem (U.S. Representative), Judge Jessop (SDGC Project Coordinator)

Jim Faulstich (Chair SDGC), Kristi Noem (U.S. Representative), Judge Jessop (SDGC Project Coordinator)

Jim Faulstich (Chair SDGC), John Thune (U.S. Senator), Judge Jessop ( SDGC Project Coordinator)

Jim Faulstich (Chair SDGC), John Thune (U.S. Senator), Judge Jessop ( SDGC Project Coordinator)

Tim Johnson (U.S. Senator)

Tim Johnson (U.S. Senator)