Friday, July 4, 2008

remembering a hero on the 4th of July

Conservation in the United States of the 21st century has a long way to go to catch up to where Aldo Leopold already was 65 years ago. If your definition of patriotism includes protecting the place we live, there is still a lot we need to learn, and in some cases re-learn, and actually take to heart - the latter being something which we obviously have not yet done.

Some reading I've been doing lately (a not-so-recently-published biography of Aldo Leopold: A Fierce Green Fire, by Marybeth Lorbiecki) makes me want to celebrate this great American hero. Leopold set a direction many of us are still discovering - if you have not done so, I highly recommend reading any of his writings. But instead of just my praises, read more for yourself from others who have written about him.

A review of Lorbiecki's book, here...

A brief online bio of Leopold, here...

And see a list and description of his books here.

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