Aldo Leopold's Shack

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Aldo Leopold's shack that he wrote so fondly of. It still exists today near Baraboo, Wisconsin and may be visited through the Aldo Leopold Foundation Visiting this site at least once in your life should be on everyone's "bucket list". Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

The deadline to nominate conservation-minded farmers and forest landowners for the 2020 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award is Aug. 1.

Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 21 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Pennsylvania, the $10,000 award is presented annually with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Heinz endowments.

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.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. Nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of agricultural and conservation leaders.

The application is available at

Applications can be emailed to If mailed, applications must be postmarked by Aug. 1. Mail to: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, c/o Joel Rotz, P.O. Box 8736, Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736.