Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa on January 11, 1887. Growing up, Leopold's father instilled an appreciation for the outdoors in his son who spent time cataloging birds. His first language was German but he picked up ENglish at a young age. He remained at the top of his class throughout his schooling. He went to a college prep school from which he transferred to Yale's new Division of Forestry, created with the help of Gifford Pinchot. Leopold spent time in Arizona and New Mexico as a Forest Management Assistent where he developed the first comprehensive management plan for the Grand Canyon. He then transferred to MAdison, Wisconsin to become the Associate Director at the U.S. Forest Products laboratory in 1924. Leopold became the first professor of Game Management in the Agricultural Economics Dept. at University of Wisconsin in 1933. He lived in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and children until he died of a heart attack while battling a wild fire in April 1948 at the age of 61.


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

Leopold's exposure to the outdoors and other's policies towards nature. When assigned to kill predators in New Mexico because ranchers saw them as pests, Leopold rethought the importance of these predators to stabilizing the ecosystem. His book, A Sand County almanac, was published in 1948 and broadcasted his ideas to the masses.In the 1930's, Leopold was seen as the expert on wildlife management. He saw it as the responsibility of the public and individuals to protect habitats as opposed to specific game seen as beneficial to human. He believed man was just another part of nature as opposed to being responsible for controlling it. One of his important ethics was called "land ethic." He explained it was important to not only respect other humans but also the plants and animals that grow on it or "the land."


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"Aldo Leopold." Web. 16 Feb. 2011.
"Aldo Leopold." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 16 Feb. 2011.
Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration 2009. Web. 16 Feb. 2011.