Association among proud sponsors of Leopold Conservation Awards

Leopold-CO-2015_-_028250Tri-State and its Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are proud to be among the sponsors of this year’s 2015 Leopold Conservation Award recipients in the states of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Recently, the association’s staff paid a visit to the Flying Diamond Ranch near Kit Carson, Colo., owned by the Johnson family, who are fifth generation cattle ranchers and this year’s recipients of the 2015 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Land Trust, Tri-State and its member systems.

Electrically served by Tri-State member K.C. Electric Association ( Hugo, Colo.), the Flying Diamond Ranch is a 25,000-acre, cattle operation that has been in the Johnson family for more than a century. The family’s management philosophy has reflected a personal conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Guided by their principles of holistic management, they have implemented a rotational grazing system that is supported by pipelines and fencing, which allows them to control the environmental impact of the herd.

“The Flying Diamond has done an impressive job of balancing resources with operational needs to create a sustainability show piece that should be an inspiration to us all,” said Frank Daley, president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

“Tri-State and its member electric cooperatives are proud to support the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Mike McInnes, chief executive officer of Tri-State. “The award recipient’s environmental stewardship reflects the strong conservation ethic of rural communities and their electric cooperatives.”

The Leopold Award consists of a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold and $10,000. This award will be presented to the Johnsons at the Protein Producers Summit in Steamboat Springs on June 15.

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