The first weekend of March is special to Aldo Leopold fans. That weekend people around Wisconsin celebrate our respect for nature and land as taught to us by Aldo Leopold – the Father of Modern Conservation.
Leopold, a Wisconsin native, published “A Sand County Almanac” in 1949. The book introduced Leopold’s theory of the Land Ethic – that land belongs to all, including non-humans and that public and private ownership of land carries responsibilities to maintain the land community. He was a hunting sportsman, a bit of a botanist, a limnologist and a biologist who philosophized about the relationship between people and nature. After years of observation, Leopold concluded that land needed to be viewed as a community – a community that includes non-human elements: soil, water, plants and animals. Pretty much his discovery of the Land Ethic set the basis for what we call ecology today.