Nomination process open for Landowner of the Year award

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is pleased to announce the nomination process for the 2008 “Landowner of the Year” award is now open.  The DOW would like to encourage public participation in nominating this year’s candidates.

Each year, the DOW and supporting organizations select a private landowner who has made outstanding contributions in providing beneficial habitat to Colorado’s wildlife and/or providing public hunting and fishing access on private lands.   This award is part of the DOW’s Landowner Recognition Program, which works to improve communication between landowners, sportsmen and the Division.

The award:

• Recognizes the important contributions private landowners are making to improve habitat for wildlife in Colorado.

• Promotes the creation and improvement of habitat on private and public land by acknowledging efforts of landowners.

• Creates opportunities for landowners to share information about innovative land and wildlife stewardship techniques.

• Promotes understanding and appreciation of the rural land ethic.

Nominee requirements: 

• Must be a resident of Colorado.   

• Must own at least 160 acres in Colorado.   

• Must be actively engaged in farming or  a ranching business as an owner, lessor/lessee or manager.  

Nomination Instructions:  

• A nomination form and detailed instructions are available on the DOW Web site at:  http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/.  

• All applications are due into the Denver office no later than Nov. 17, 2008. The winner will be notified by Jan. 2, 2009. 

Award winners and runners-up are selected by a three-member judging team and are recognized at the National Western Stock Show in January, and again at the Colorado RV, Sports, Boat and Travel Show in March. Both events are held in Denver.  Those who nominate the winner also receive a two-day trip to Denver to attend the award ceremony.

Supporters of this award include: Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Colorado Bowhunter Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado State Grange, Colorado State Land Board, Colorado Wildlife Commission, Colorado Wildlife  Federation, Colorado Wool Growers’ Association, Industrial Expositions Inc., Izaak Walton League and the National Western Stock Show.