"Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a good shovel."—Aldo Leopold

Named for the pioneering conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Restoration Awards recognize excellence in ecological restoration.

LRAlogo_120This awards program is administered by Friends of the Arboretum, Inc., in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

By recognizing and rewarding exemplary restoration ecology work, we hope to encourage others in this critical effort while supporting the Arboretum’s goals and activities.

Awards are offered in four categories to deserving recipients who have advanced the craft, knowledge, and public awareness of ecological restoration in Wisconsin. See How to Nominate for instructions and category descriptions.

Award-winners are honored at a dinner ceremony in October. The award dinner is open to the public, with advanced reservations.

2017 Awards

The Leopold Restoration Awards program is on hiatus in 2017.

The 2016 award winners are listed below. Read more about the winners.

  • Virginia M. Kline Award for Community-Based Ecological Restoration: The Natural Heritage Land Trust
  • Henry C. Greene Award for Innovative Approaches in Restoration: Rick Lange, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • John Nolen Award for Excellence in Ecology Restoration Practices: Andrew Larsen, Riveredge Nature Center
  • John T. Curtis Award for Career Excellence in Ecological Restoration: Joy Zedler, Professor of Botany, UW–Madison