linkurl:Aldo Leopold; is widely considered the father of the conservation movement. This Monday (Apr21) marks the 60th anniversary of his death. He died of a heart attack at age 61 while helping a Wisconsin neighbor fight a brush fire. Leopold's lasting gift was his enunciation of what he called a "land ethic" in his classic treatise on conservation, 1949's linkurl:__A Sand County Almanac__.; I was given my first copy of __A Sand County Almanac__ in the 1980s when I was involved in efforts to preserve Wisconsin farmland from rampant development. I have since lost count of the copies I have purchased to give away or to replace one I had read and dog-eared into surrender. What Aldo Leopold said to me back then takes on even more weight in 2008 with linkurl:habitat loss,; linkurl:land degradation; and linkurl:species extinction; occurring at an ever-increasing pace. Born in 1887, Leopold grew up in...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!
Already a member?