Conservation honor ... Marlis and Rick Doud will receive the Leopold award at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association convention December 1. “I am one of those who don’t like to be in the limelight, but this is such a big honor for all ranchers and farmers. We have to get the word out that ranchers and farmers are good stewards of the land. You take care of it and it takes care of you,” said Rick Doud. Courtesy photo
Rick and Marlis Doud, operators of a ranch 35 miles north of Midland, are being recognized for their conservation work.
The Leopold Conservation Award, which recognizes land-owner achievement in conservation, is presented to the Douds by the Sand County Foundation in cooperation with the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition.
The Sand County Foundation, a Wisconsin-based conservation group, will present the award and a $10,000 check this year to the Douds in South Dakota and to landowners in seven other states this year, California, Color