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Celebrating Aldo Leopold

This past Monday, 11 January, was Aldo Leopold’s 129th birthday.  Ever since first reading his classic book, A Sand County Almanac, some 35 years ago, I have admired Professor Leopold, universally accepted as the “father of wildlife management”.  When Karly Robinson, TWW:TTT Coordinator, suggested some weeks ago that I write a blog celebrating his accomplishments I considered it an easy task and sought to refresh my recollections on the specifics of Leopold’s many contributions to the wildlife profession. 

I am embarrassed to report that what I discovered while refreshing my memory was that what I knew of Leopold’s influence barely scratched the surface of his impact on the development of not only the wildlife profession but virtually every facet of natural resource conservation.  My quandary of how to adequately address Leopold’s contributions led to my missing the deadline of his birthday.  Finally, I realized that I could not do justice to his contributions in a simple blog entry and any attempt to do so would seem disrespectful.

However, I can encourage TWW:TTT members and supporters to explore the life and work of Aldo Leopold on their own to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the evolution of the art and science of wildlife management.  I particularly recommend the excellent biography, Aldo Leopold, His Life and Work, by Curt Meine.  A vast amount of information, including access to digital versions of Leopold’s hand written journals, is available on the Aldo Leopold Foundation website (www.aldoleopold.org).  And of course, if you have not read A Sand County Almanac previously (or lately) you owe it to yourself to devote the time to thoroughly digest its many messages to gain an appreciation of the evolution of Leopold’s Land Ethic.

Leopold wrote, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” I like to think that each and every TWW:TTT coalition member and supporter is one of the latter and it is up to those of us who cannot live without wild things to continue Leopold’s work of conserving wildlife and wild places for everyone.

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