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Angela (from left), Russ and Cheyenne Sundstrom are the recipients of the 2019 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award.

The state of Nebraska on Thursday announced that the owners of a ranch near Moorefield are the recipients of the 2019 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award.

Russ, Angela and Cheyenne Sundstrom, who own and operate Broken Box Ranch, were given the award, which is named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. The award, presented by the Sand County Foundation in 13 states, recognizes achievement in voluntary conservation and management of natural resources by ranchers, farmers and foresters.

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The Sundstroms are land stewards committed to productive, restorative and sustainable conservation practices on their ranch in the Loess Canyons south of North Platte, according to a release from the Sand County Foundation. The soil beneath the hilly landscape is highly erodible, but their proactive use of prescribed burning and grazing techniques have nursed back the once-tired pastures and cropland that he bought from others, the foundation said.  

At a ceremony in the State Capitol on Thursday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts presented the Sundstroms with $10,000 and a ranch sign recognizing them as the award recipients.

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