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Sand County Foundation is a non-profit private land conservation organization located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 1965, its work is inspired by world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold’s land ethic.
To advance the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices and partnerships for the benefit of people and their rural landscapes.
Leopold Conservation Award
The Leopold Conservation Award of $10,000 and a crystal award recognizes private landowners who practice responsible land stewardship and management. Started in 2003, this program has expanded to include at least thirteen states including California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
The Agricultural Incentives Program is composed of various projects throughout the midwest focused on reducing nutrient runoff associated with agriculture. The program emphasizes watershed-scale projects and works with the agricultural community on research based solutions to address nutrient runoff.
Mission:Wildlife is a project sponsored by Sand County Foundation. The goal of the project is to create and implement innovative ideas to help make policies related to endangered species more effective. In conjunction with increasing policy effectiveness, Mission:Wildlife seeks to restore wildlife communities in a way that will reduce community costs and increase predictability for business.
Examples of projects the Foundation has undertaken:
- The Coastal Louisiana Restoration received the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf Guardian Award in the Civic/Non-profit category.
- Beginning in 1999, Sand County Foundation became involved in the restoration of Wisconsin's Baraboo River. The restoration project removed dams to restore the flow of the river.[full citation needed]
- The Cooperative Sagebrush Initiative began in 2006 and concluded in 2013. The project is the only range-wide attempt to unite western land users to conserve and restore the sagebrush ecosystem across portions of 11 western states.
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- After 150 years, dams no longer interrupt Baraboo River
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