San Benito Rancher Wins Stewardship Award
October 4, 2012
by Renata Brillinger
We are thrilled to announce that Joe Morris of Morris Grassfed Beef has been chosen as a recipient of the Clarence Burch Award, presented by the Quivira Coalition in New Mexico. The award recognizes individuals, organizations and others who have led by example in promoting and accomplishing outstanding stewardship of private and/or public lands. Joe is a farmer advisor to the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN).
Joe was a co-founder and remains active in the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition, a group of ranchers and organizations focused on ecologically and economically vibrant rangelands. “Joe is a real leader in engaging conservationists as well as ranchers to foster collaborative learning about rangeland stewardship,” says Grey Hayes, fellow Coalition member and the Coastal Training Director of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. “He is willing to use the land he manages as an effective platform for learning how to manage for wildlife, economic vitality, and the happiness of our communities. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award in California.”
The award emphasizes not only leadership in land management but also in community education and collaboration. To read the full nomination, click here: Morris_Nomination.pdf.