Living A Land Ethic: A History Of Cooperative Conservation On The Leopold Memorial Reserve

Paperback | July 24, 2014

byStephen A. LaubachForeword byStanley A. Temple

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In 1935, in the midst of relentless drought, Aldo Leopold purchased an abandoned farm along the Wisconsin River near Baraboo, Wisconsin. An old chicken coop, later to become famous as the Leopold “Shack,” was the property’s only intact structure. The Leopold family embraced this spent farm as a new kind of laboratory—a place to experiment on restoring health to an ailing piece of land. Here, Leopold found inspiration for writing A Sand County Almanac, his influential book of essays on conservation and ethics.
            Living a Land Ethic chronicles the formation of the 1,600-acre reserve surrounding the Shack. When the Leopold Memorial Reserve was founded in 1967, five neighboring families signed an innovative agreement to jointly care for their properties in ways that honored Aldo Leopold’s legacy. In the ensuing years, the Reserve’s Coleman and Leopold families formed the Sand County Foundation and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. These organizations have been the primary stewards of the Reserve, carrying on a tradition of ecological restoration and cooperative conservation. Author Stephen A. Laubach draws from the archives of both foundations, including articles of incorporation, correspondence, photos, managers’ notes, and interviews to share with readers the Reserve’s untold history and its important place in the American conservation movement.

Finalist, Midwest Book Award for Nature, Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Finalist, Midwest Book Award for History, Midwest Independent Publishers Association

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In 1935, in the midst of relentless drought, Aldo Leopold purchased an abandoned farm along the Wisconsin River near Baraboo, Wisconsin. An old chicken coop, later to become famous as the Leopold “Shack,” was the property’s only intact structure. The Leopold family embraced this spent farm as a new kind of laboratory—a place to experim...

Stephen A. Laubach works for the Earth Partnership program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum. His teaching, outreach, and consulting in schools and communities are inspired by Aldo Leopold’s writings on conservation and ethics. He has a PhD in environmental studies and science education.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:July 24, 2014Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
Foreword by Stanley Temple            
Acknowledgments                 
 
Introduction               
1 Settlement and Changing Land Health in the Central Sands Area              
2 Sowing the Seeds of the Leopold Memorial Reserve Idea              
3 Implementing a Management Plan              
4 Growth in Research and Education Programs                    
5 Conservation's Next Generation                 
Conclusion: The Legacy of the Leopold Memorial Reserve             
Afterword                  
 
Notes             
Bibliography              
Index

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“Laubach crafts a history of the reserve that surrounds a place that lives in the imagination of millions of people. Living a Land Ethic will appeal to those interested in whatever became of the mysterious land that inhabited Leopold’s beloved work [A Sand County Almanac]. It is an engagingly written account of collaboration between private landowners to preserve land in a fashion inspired by the ideas of Aldo Leopold. Highly recommended; all academic and public library collections.”—Choice