Beel family of Johnstown receives 2013 Leopold Conservation Award

The 2013 Leopold Conservation Award was presented to a Nebraska family who has ranched in the Sandhills for over 75 years. Governor Dave Heineman recognized the Beel family of Johnston who ranch on the Brown-Cherry County line. The ranch is owned and operated by brothers Frank, Henry and Adam, along with their wives. Frank Beel says conservation has been a value instilled to them through their parents and grandparents.

Beel also attributed their conservation practices to the expertise offered through Sand Hills Task Force, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Middle Niobrara Resource District, University of Nebraska Extension and Farm Service Agency.

The Leopold Conservation Award is sponsored by the Sand County Foundation, Nebraska Cattlemen and Cargill.

The Leopold Conservation Award, named in honor of world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is comprised of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal. To date 54 Leopold Awards have been awarded in nine states.

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