Visintainer family receives 2013 Leopold Conservation Award

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Dean-and-Gary-Visintainer_webSand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, and Peabody Energy are proud to name the Visintainer Sheep Co. of Craig, Colorado as the recipient of the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation, and is presented annually.

The Visintainers received $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention on June 17 in Breckenridge. Read more …

Colorado Partners:

Sand County Foundation
Transparent Black and White 2 copy_thumbSand County Foundation is a private, non-profit conservation group dedicated to working with private landowners to improve habitat on their land. Sand County’s mission is to advance the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices and partnerships for the benefit of people and their rural landscapes. Sand County Foundation works with private landowners because the majority of the nation’s fish, wildlife, and natural resources are found on private lands. The organization backs local champions, invests in civil society and places incentives before regulation to create solutions that ensure and grow. The organization encourages the exercise of private responsibility in the pursuit of improved land health as an essential alternative to many of the commonly used strategies in modern conservation.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association

cca The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is the state’s only nonprofit trade organization exclusively representing Colorado’s      beef producers. Founded in 1867, CCA is the nation’s oldest state cattlemen’s association. CCA serves its members by speaking out    on behalf of Colorado’s more than 12,000 beef producers.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

ccalt_new_bwRecognizing the need to help Colorado ranchers and farmers protect their agricultural lands, in the face of growing development and economic pressures, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association in 1995 formed the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust.

Peabody Energy

PeaBodyEnergy_THUMBPeabody Energy’s products fuel approximately 10 percent of America’s, and 2 percent of the world’s electricity. The company serves customers in 21 nations representing more than half of the world’s population. Peabody achieves strong productivity and safety results and continues to receive the industry’s highest honors for land restoration and environmental stewardship.

Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

Tri-state energy Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives and  public power districts it serves. Tri State Generation & Transmission Assoc. generates and transports electricity to its member  systems across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

American AgCredit 

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 Founded in 1916, American AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, and is the nation’s 6th largest Farm   Credit cooperative. American AgCredit specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Nevada, Central Kansas, Northern Oklahoma, Central and Western Colorado, and Northern New Mexico –as well as to capital markets customers in 30 states.