The Sproul Ranch, owned by Bill and Peggy Sproul, Sedan, Kan., is a 2010 regional Environmental Stewardship Award winner, representing Region VII of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The Sprouls operate a cow-calf and stocker grazing operation on native tallgrass prairie rangeland in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Brian Obermeyer, Flint Hills project director for the Nature Conservancy, called this prairie "the most major altered habitat type in North America" and praised agricultural use in operations like the Sprouls for helping preserve it for future generations. Bill Sproul is so attuned to his land that he uses the viability of rangeland birds and wildlife to measure grassland health and the ability of the ranch to generate income. Sproul serves as a Board Director for KGLC.