Aldo Leopold (1887-1948)
Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. As a U.S. forester, he was instrumental in the creation of our first federally designated wilderness in the Gila National Forest.
In 1935, he and his family initiated an ecological restoration experiment on a worn-out farm along the Wisconsin River outside of Baraboo, Wisconsin where they planted thousands of pine trees, and restored prairies.
A little more than a year after his death in 1948 Leopold’s collection of essays A Sand County Almanac was published. In the forward, Leopold wrote,
"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot."
With over two million copies sold, A Sand County Almanac is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published, and Leopold has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the twentieth century. Leopold’s legacy continues to inform and inspire us to see the natural world “as a community to which we belong.”
Read more about Leopold on the Aldo Leopold Foundation website.