Aldo Leopold

DESTINY MANIFEST

A THING IS RIGHT WHEN IT TENDS TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY, STABILITY, AND BEAUTY OF THE BIOTIC COMMUNITY. IT IS WRONG WHEN IT TENDS OTHERWISE. — ALDO LEOPOLD I trust you have enjoyed this tour through the writings of Abbey,… Read More ›

The Land Ethic

In his most famous essay, Leopold explains our relationship with the land, with the world, with life itself, and points at our blind acquiescence to the neo-classical economic paradigm. He offers a litmus test for the right use of land,… Read More ›

Escudilla

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 ›

Axe-in-Hand

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 ›