Posted by: Dennis Hinkamp on Nov 30, 2012
Heaton Family wins Leopold Award
|USU Extension agricultural agent, Garfield County|
|USU Extension communications specialist|
Heaton Livestock Company Wins Leopold Award
LOGAN, UT – The 2012 Utah Leopold Conservation Award was recently presented to Heaton Livestock Company from Alton, Utah, at the annual meeting of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. The award is presented to private landowners who exemplify the spirit of land stewardship proclaimed by Aldo Leopold in his book, A Sand County Almanac. The Heaton family operates a cattle operation in Kane County and on the Arizona Strip.
Karl and Ray Heaton, along with Karl’s sons Kevin and Kale, were recognized. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the annual award, which consists of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal, in settings that showcase the landowners’ achievements among their peers.
Kevin Heaton, Utah State University Extension agricultural agent in Garfield County, said access to the ranch has given him opportunities for research on forage, rotational grazing, beef cattle herd improvement as well as habitat improvement for deer and sage-grouse. The Heaton Livestock Company has also done cooperative research with Purdue University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wyoming.
Heaton said the land has also become a favorite destination for trophy mule deer hunters. Handled through a private outfitter, hunters are often on a two-year waiting list to get a permit to hunt in the area.
The Sand County Foundation presents the award in partnership with the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, Western Ag Credit and Trout Unlimited. The Utah Association of Conservation Districts also supports the award by presenting the finalists at their annual meeting.