This Land — Abbey, Carson, and Leopold


Leopold laments the loss of wildness in this companion-piece to “Thinking Like a Mountain.” He had been among those who worked to tame the frontier. As a forester Leopold mapped it, measured its weight in gold, timbered it, grazed it,… Read More ›

Marshland Elegy

Free verse and a masterful twist on anthropomorphism tell the birth and death of Wisconsin’s bog meadows from the point of view of the sandhill crane such that man is trivialized to the status of just another marsh animal, but… Read More ›


In this essay from the “November” section of A Sand County Almanac, a reflective Leopold is at his most philosophical. One is reminded of Thoreau hoeing his beans in Walden as Leopold describes the decision process that lies behind which… Read More ›

Good Oak

Leopold employs allegory to tell the history of Wisconsin since man began to change its complexion. He also tells the historians how to tell a story. Read “Good Oak” in A Sand County Almanac

Round River Critique

In compiling this set of his father’s essays, Luna Leopold, a geologist, chose to title the collection after one of the included pieces, “Round River.” In it, his father had used the legend of Paul Bunyan floating logs down the… Read More ›


Leopold waxes polemic in his call for an ethic based on environmental awareness. In the process he foresees the development of speciesism, green marketing, and environmental economics as dead ends along the road to a true environmental philosophy. Read “Conservation”… Read More ›

The Delta Colorado

In the autumn of 1922, the Leopold brothers, Carl and Aldo, set out upon an expedition to hunt and explore the Colorado River delta south of the Mexican border. Both men made journal entries (Carl’s are identified by “C.S.L.”) with… Read More ›