Kansas -(Ammoland.com)- The Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas(RTK), is proud to announce the finalists for the first annual Kansas Leopold Conservation Award.
honors Kansas landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.
The 2015 finalists are:
- Randall and Nicole Small, who own 2S Land & Cattle, a cow/calf ranch and crop farm in Neodesha. The Smalls practice rotational grazing, plant cover crops to maintain healthy soils and have been no-till since 1999. To benefit wildlife, the Smalls built wildlife-friendly fencing and created quail habitat surrounding their crop fields;
- Sproul Ranch, a 2,200-acre cattle ranch in Chautauqua County owned by Bill and Peggy Sproul. The cattle graze on tallgrass prairie restored by the Sprouls. The grass is burned on a rotational basis and the unburned, regrown grass serves as wildlife habitat and provides natural fuel for future burns;