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Aldo Leopold (1887-1948)

Aldo Leopold sitting cross-legged outside


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Taylor Heagler

An author, philosopher, conservationist, and environmentalist, Aldo Leopold is known for being very influential in the development of current environmental ethics. Throughout the early 1900s, Leopold worked in the United States Forest Service at a variety of national forests throughout the west coast, convincing the Forest Service to protect 500,000 acres of the New Mexico Gila National Forest. In 1923, he was elected a member of the wildlife conservation nonprofit Boone and Crockett Club. Leopold eventually became a professor in 1933 at the University of Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, he purchased a farm near the river with his family where they planted thousands of trees.

Leopold’s legacy lived on after his death when his son published a collection of essays he wrote about his home in Sauk County, Wisconsin called A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There. Selling over two million copies and now translated in fourteen different languages, this book coined the term “land ethic” and simulated a widespread interest in environmentalism ecology as a science that explores the relationship between people and the land they inhabit.

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  • The U.S Forest Services is an agency of the U.S Department of Agriculture that administers the nation's __ national forests and 20 national grasslands.

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