Aldo Leopold: Conservationist and Hunter

Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, outdoor enthusiast and hunter and is held in the same high esteem as other naturalists such as Henry David Thoreau and John Muir. Leopold has inspired “environmentalists” for many decades, especially after his book A Sand County Almanac was published in 1949.

The photo above with Leopold’s quote was taken by me at Greenbury Point Conservation Area in 2022. This area is now a focal point of unity for those in Maryland who enjoy the nature preserve and face the real prospect it could be bulldozed for a new golf course. #savegreenburypoint

From the Aldo Leopold Foundation website: He is considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system. Among his best known ideas is the “land ethic,” which calls for an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature.

Born in 1887 and raised in Burlington, IA, Leopold developed an interest in the natural world at an early age, spending hours observing, journaling, and sketching his surroundings. After graduating from the Yale Forest School in 1909, he eagerly pursued a career with the newly established U.S. Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico. Learn more…

Watch this movie about Leopold’s life: “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and Land Ethic for Our Time”

Aldo Leopold Foundation:
“Active conservation and learning not only allows us to be better stewards of the land, it allows the land to work its magic upon us. What has the land taught you?”

Photo by 📸 Bill Petersen
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