Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

The Fellows have all finished reading Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, a work of profound environmental insight. Leopold bought a worn-out farm in Wisconsin’s Sand Counties in the 1930’s. During his years of owning the farm, he documented what he witnessed as the farm gradually healed itself. Leopold was a keen observer and thinker. His “Land Ethic” essay is a seminal work which presents a new ethic, the culmination of a lifetime of observation and reflection and a milestone in environmental thought. In this essay, Leopold articulates a new understanding of the value of the land and our relationship to the “land,” which includes the water and air, through which we can conserve, appreciate, and value our environment.