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Landowner Recognition Program
Landowner Recognition Program


Since 1982, the Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award has recognized outstanding contributions made by private landowners in providing habitat and/or public access to Colorado’s wildlife on private lands. This annual award is part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife's (CPW's) Landowner Recognition Program, which works to improve relationships between landowners, sportspeople and CPW.

The Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award:

  • Recognizes the important contributions that private landowners have made 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.

Each year, CPW and supporting organizations will select a private landowner who has demonstrated exemplary stewardship of wildlife habitat by implementing conservation actions on their land. Public access for hunting and fishing will also be considered. 

For More Information

Contact Raymond Aberle, Private Lands Program Manager, at

2012 Landowner of the Year Ranch in fallThe winners of the Landowner of the Year, Lowell and LoAnn Klinglesmith, shown here on horseback.
2012 Landowner of the Year Ranch in summer2012 Landowner of the Year Ranch - working