empowering landowners advancing a land ethic

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Farmers, ranchers and foresters who own and manage most of the private land in this nation hold the keys to environmental improvement. Their livelihoods are tied to the health of the land, but they urgently need information, data, and examples to follow to improve the environment while they produce food and fiber.

Now more than ever, Sand County Foundation needs your help to expand our capacity to engage with these landowners to improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat.


of the land in the contiguous U.S. is privately owned


of private land is productive, working land like farms, ranches and forests


of American citizens manage agricultural land

The Unmet Challenge

As the population increases, and pressure on our natural resources intensifies, we are faced with critical environmental challenges related to soil health, water resources, and wildlife habitat. New approaches are needed to inspire and empower private landowners to address these issues while operating their businesses in an era of unprecedented change. Sand County Foundation is leading the way.

Conservation Research

Sand County Foundation’s team of scientists works in partnership with farmers, ranchers, forestland owners and other land managers to conduct needed research and demonstrations of effective conservation farming practices.

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Recognizing Conservation Leadership

Our network of leading private land stewards has grown out of our Leopold Conservation Award® Program. This prestigious honor is given to outstanding farmers, ranchers and foresters for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.

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Mentoring land stewards

Our Land Ethic Mentorship Program connects award-winning land stewards as conservation mentors for historically-underserved farmers and ranchers nationwide.

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Partner with Us

Your gift, no matter the size, helps Sand County Foundation build our capacity to engage with farmers, ranchers and forestland owners to improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat.


Upcoming Events

Conservation Technology Information Center's Conservation in Action Tour

We are proud to sponsor this annual immersive experience showcasing cutting-edge practices and innovations in conservation agriculture.

June 10 to 11, 2024

Rotational Grazing Workshop

June 12 , 2024 - 9:30AM to 4:30PM
Burlington, WI

Field Day: Getting from here to there

Join us for a field day that will explore cover crops, hoop house production, water catchment systems, soil health, and agroforestry on a small vegetable farm. Register by June 5. 

June 12 , 2024 - 9:30AM to 1:30PM
Lexington, MS
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“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

- Aldo Leopold

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