Aldo Leopold

The first weekend of March
is Aldo Leopold Weekend.
Last night, we went to a showing
of the first full-length documentary
about this great conservationist, forester,
philosopher, educator, writer
who knew and loved the natural world,
developed the U.S.’s wilderness system,
restored a piece of the Wisconsin prairie
and raised five children
who all became scientists or conservationists.
It’s titled Green Fire.
Thanks to Sustainability Stillwater
and Eco-OSU for the showing.

Leopold died the year I was born,
1948. Still, his teaching thrives.
And still, we have much to learn
from this him.
I invite you to spend some time this weekend
outdoors
with friends or family,
reading from his writings.

From Land Ethic:

The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.

That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.

A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land.

We can be ethical only in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love, or otherwise have faith in.

From A Sand County Almanac:

A March morning is only as drab as he who walks in it without a glance skyward, ear cocked for geese. I once knew an educated lady, banded by hi Beta Kappa, who told me that she had never heard or seen the geese that twice a year proclaim the revolving seasons to her well-insulated roof. Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers.