Aldo Leopold

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    "Aldo Leopold's legacy has been shifting in recent years, as scholars, environmentalists, and aficionados have reassessed his life and thought a half century after his death in 1948. Most readers familiar with Leopold know him through his posthumously published A Sand County Almanac (1949), a book with spare, sparkling prose and a density of insight unparalleled in American environmental writing. But for those interested in the evolution of Leopold's thought, A Sand County Almanac can be deceptive, as Leopold took some license with the facts of his intellectual maturation. A decade ago, Baird Callicot and Susan Flader did Leopold scholars a great service by collecting his most important essays in The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold (1991), which revealed a more complicated man whose epiphanies were less stark than those described in A Sand County Almanac. The River of the Mother of God remains the best primary-source introduction to Leopold's thought." From: Sutter

    Charles P. Forbes
    April 21, 2008
  • Bibliography

    Comprehensive References

    Blessing, Matt. Reading the Landscape. [Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 104, #2, Winter, 2020, Pp. 14-27 & Cover.] Madison, 2020. View Full Entry

    Major References

    Aldo Leopold Foundation. Green Fire. [Film, available on DVD] Baraboo, 2011. View Full Entry
    Callicott, Baird. Brief History of the American Land Ethic Since 1492. [Inner Voice [Journal], January February, 1994, Pp. 5-9.] Eugene, OR, 1994. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Cronon, William. Sand County Almanac. [A Wisconsin Fifteen, J. K. Graffagnino, Ed., Chapter 13] Madison, 1998. View Full Entry
    Flader, Susan and Charles Steinhacker (photographer). Sand County of Aldo Leopold, The. San Francisco and New York, 1973. View Full Entry
    Gilbert, Bil. Sand County Farm Shaped New Ethic for the Environment. [Smithsonian, V.11 #7 Oct 1980 p.128] Washington, 1980. View Full Entry
    Hyry, Tom. Digitizing Aldo. [Annotation] Washington, 2000. View Full Entry
    Jackson, Donald. Sage for All Seasons, A; Aldo Leopold. [Smithsonian, Vol. 29, #6, September, 1998] 1988. View Full Entry
    Leopold, Aldo. Ecological Conscience. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, Dec. 47, V.12#12, p.4.] 1947. View Full Entry
    Leopold, Aldo. Essential Aldo Leopold. [Ed. by Curt Meine and Richard L. Knight] Madison, 1999. View Full Entry
    Leopold, Aldo. For the Health of the Land. [Ed. by J. Baird Callicott and Eric T. Freyfogle] Washington, 1999. View Full Entry
    Leopold, Aldo. Mortgaging the Future Deer Herd. [Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin, 12:9, Sept 1947, p. 3.] Madison, 1947. View Full Entry
    Leopold, Aldo. Game Survey of the North Central States. Washington, 1931. View Full Entry
    Leopold, Aldo. Sand County Almanac. New York, 1970. View Full Entry
    Leopold, Aldo, et al.. Minority Report of the Citizens' Deer Committee to Wisconsin Conservation Commission. [Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin, Vol. 8, #8, August, 1943] Madison, 1943. View Full Entry
    McCleary, Doug. Toward Intelligent Consumption. [Texas Logger [magazine], No. 6, 2002, Pp. 30-32] Lufkin, Texas, 2002. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Meine, Curt. Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work. [Ph.D Dissertation, published as a book.] Madison, 1988. View Full Entry
    Stark, John. Gallery of Wisconsin Writers. [Wisconsin Academy Review, V.26 #3 June 1980] Madison, 1980. View Full Entry
    Sutter, Paul. Review of Leopold: For the Health of the Land & The Essential Aldo Leopold. [Environmental History, Vol. 5, #4, Oct. 2000, pp. 573-4] Durham, NC, 2000. View Full Entry (Full text available)

    Minor References

    Millspaugh et al.. Evaluation of the SAK [Sex-Age-Kill] Model as Applied in Wisconsin. [Draft Report to the DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management] Madison, 2006. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sass, Greg. Fishery Research Area. [NHAL State Forest Visitor's Guide, 2017, pp. 20A-21A.] Minocqua, 2017. View Full Entry
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    Mary of Leopold's papers are contained in The Aldo Leopold Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison archives. A 2007 National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to the Aldo Leopold Foundation provided funds to digitize the collection. Digitization and on-line publication are proceeding. See: ##1444 Annotation##.