Named in honor of Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award makes an impact by publicly recognizing extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation; it inspires other landowners representing millions of acres and influences the general public’s understanding of the importance of private working land in conservation. 

 The Leopold Conservation Award in Montana is proudly presented to private landowners who are dedicated to leaving their land better than how they found it. They exemplify the spirit of Leopold’s land ethic. 

Leopold Conservation Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspire other landowners through their example, and help the general public understand the vital role private landowners play in conservation success. The Leopold Conservation Award recipient receives $10,000 and a crystal award. 

 In Montana, the Leopold Conservation Award is presented in partnership with Sand County Foundation, American Farmland Trust, and state partners: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Montana Rangeland Resources Committee.  

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Myllymaki Farm

2023 Award | Watch Video 

Myllymaki Farm | Standford, MT  

Barney Creek

2022 Award | Watch Video 

Barney Creek Livestock | Livingston, MT  

Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle and Guest Range

2021 Award | Watch Video 

Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle and Guest Ranch | Townsend, MT  

C Lazy J Livestock

2020 Award | Watch Video 

C Lazy J Livestock | Malta, MT  

Milton Range

2019 Award | Watch Video 

Milton Ranch | Roundup, MT