“On the Land” New Publication Includes Sage Grouse: Leopold Conservation Award-Winning Landowners

May 14, 2014

The Sand County Foundation has released a beautifully written, 40-page full-color publication by writer Andy Rieber  called On the Land, Celebrating Farmers and Ranchers Who Improve Our Environment.  The five landowners all share a strong conservation ethic that earned them the Leopold Conservation Award. Each has a distinct and inspiring story.

The Padlock Ranch, owned by the Scott family in Wyoming, has worked closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to carry out rotational grazing on their lands to benefit sage grouse and other wildlife and have conservation easements through the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, an SGI partner. You can read the story “Of Grass and Greenbacks” on pages 24-31 of the publication.

In 2013, the Leopold Conservation Award of the Sand County Foundation recognized the conservation work of  the Visintainer Sheep Ranch in Colorado, enrolled in Sage Grouse Initiative programs.

Download On the Land.

Visit our Sagebrush Community page to learn more about the people, the bird, and the habitat.


The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.