Leopold Conservation Award Selection Criteria

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Adaptive Management
Baseline inventories of natural resources and processes are included in planning and monitoring. The landowner is actively involved in monitoring and uses monitoring information to improve management.
Sustainable Revenues
The landowner derives income from the land resources she/he manages. This income may come from diverse sources, is sustainable in the long-term, and works for the landowner.
The landowner is involved in the community in which s/he lives. S/he may hold local office, serve as a leader in local civic organizations, and/or serve as a leader in local resource organizations. Her/his opinion is often sought, respected, and quoted on resource topics of interest.
Ecosystem Services and Land Health
The land under management demonstrates significant ecosystem services, such as clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, and/or listed species habitat. The landowner has documented measurably improved habitat condition and productivity during their ownership.
The landowner is willing to try new things, learn from their success or failure, and adapt as a consequence.
Outreach to Neighbors and Bridge-building
The landowner uses his/her land as a teaching tool to share good management strategies with others, including but not limited to management technique demonstration, hunter safety and education, media tours, and scientific endeavor. The landowner works to build bridges to the environmental community and user groups.
Landowner's Dedication to Stewardship
Landowner shows persistence and dedication to long term conservation of natural resources, integrity in performance toward conservation goals, and displays attributes of true conservation stewardship.