The Leopold Conservation Award is given to farmers, ranchers and foresters in honor of conservationist Aldo Leopold. In his influential 1949 book “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Sand County Foundation presents the award in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and, this year for the first time, in New England.

New England’s first recipient of the award will receive $10,000 later this year, when Sand County Foundation will present the annual award in partnership with New England Forestry Foundation and American Farmland Trust–New England.

Applications for the first New England Leopold Conservation Award are now being accepted. Owners of forest-land and farmland in Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont may apply for the award themselves or be nominated by another party. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of agricultural and forestry conservation leaders. The application is available at sandcountyfoundation.org/our-work.

Applications must be postmarked by July 15 and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o New England Forestry Foundation, P.O. Box 1346, Littleton, MA 01460.