linkurl:Aldo Leopold;http://www.aldoleopold.org/ 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__.;http://www.amazon.com/County-Almanac-Outdoor-Essays-Reflections/dp/0345345053 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,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/home/53525/ linkurl:land degradation;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/23277/ and linkurl:species extinction;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/daily/53232/ occurring at an ever-increasing pace. Born in 1887, Leopold grew up in...
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