Mortenson Ranch Receives Leopold Conservation Award, Offers Tour
In 2011, the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award program recognized South Dakota NCR-SARE grant recipient, Todd Mortenson & Family, for their outstanding stewardship and conservation practices. On June 21, 2012, the Mortenson's will offer a tour of their ranch to share more about their conservation efforts and be presented with an award as part of the Leopold Conservation Award Ranch Tour.
"After seeing their range run out decades ago, the Mortensons changed grazing practices and not only increased their ability to raise cattle but also brought back wildlife, water, and native plants," said South Dakota SARE State Coordinator, Frank Kutka.
The tour will include a Native American hoop dance, a rainfall simulator, and more. For more information and directions, RSVP to Judge Jessop by June 15th at (605) 280-0127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leopold Conservation Award in South Dakota is sponsored by American State Bank, Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership, Daybreak Ranch, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Credit, Millborn Seeds, NaturalResources Conservation Service (NRCS), Partners for Fish and Wildlife, the Rasmussen Leopold Fund, South Dakota’s Conservation Districts, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources,the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, the South Dakota State University Foundation, The Lynde and HarryBradley Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
In this video, which is courtesy of the South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Todd Mortenson describes some of his family’s many conservation efforts.
To read more about Mortenson's NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant on riparian/range restoration, visit the MySARE reporting website here: http://mysare.sare.org/mySARE/ProjectReport.aspx?do=viewProj&pn=FNC94-070