The Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award is the Land Trust Alliance’s signature award, given annually to honor outstanding leadership, innovation and creativity in land conservation.
Kingsbury Browne (1922-2005) was one of the founding fathers of the Land Trust Alliance — his wisdom and counsel formed the bedrock of today’s Alliance and the land trust community. In 1980, as a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Browne first envisioned a national network of land trusts and persuaded the Institute to convene the first-ever gathering of land trust leaders from coast to coast. From that beginning, the Land Trust Alliance was founded in 1982 to lead the growing movement. His wisdom, wit and patient guidance inspired a generation of land conservationists. Now his values and generous spirit live on in the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award, including the one-year fellowship at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy for writing, research and teaching on a subject related to land conservation.
Every year the recipient of this prestigious award is celebrated during the Welcoming Dinner at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, with a short video featuring the individual's conservation impact.