Jan. 17:
Wildlife Management for your Woodland

Jan. 24:
Winter Sleuths

Feb. 6-8:
PheasantFest in Madison

Feb. 13-14:
Leopold Southwest Conference

The Woodland School

In the coming year, we are offering an array of Woodland School classes to advance your land stewardship practice, from the classics—chainsaw safety, prescribed fire—to new opportunities like birding the Leopold Memorial Reserve with experts. We hope you'll let one pique your curiosity and join us in the field! Register online today for any of our classes!

Support the Work of the Foundation

Become a key partner in helping us spread the land ethic, advance the science of land health, preserve the Leopold shack and farm, and train new leaders for the future of conservation. Join today!

Winter Visits

We don't have tours in the winter, but you can still visit. Just give us a call to schedule a time!


The Outlook eNewsletter

January 2009

Register Today for our Leopold Southwest Conference!

To celebrate the centennial of Aldo Leopold's arrival in the Southwest in 1909, we are sponsoring a multi-cultural conference in Albuquerque to look at environmental ethics and the relationship between people and land in different cultural traditions. Join us for "A Cultural Conversation: Aldo Leopold, the Southwest, and the Evolution of a Land Ethic for the Future," held on February 13-14, 2009. Download the full brochure and register online today!

Read More About Leopold's Legacy in the Southwest in the Outlook

In 1909, Aldo Leopold graduated from what was then Yale Forest School and began a career with the US Forest Service first in Arizona and then in New Mexico. The winter issue of Outlook focuses on Leopold's time in the Southwest in commemoration of the centennial of his arrival. Read Buddy Huffaker's introduction, Courtney White's article about innovative ranching in the Southwest today, and take a tour of some of the places Leopold lived and worked in the Southwest. If you don't receive the Outlook in the mail and would like to, you can get it by joining as a member.

Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Founder Picked to Head NOAA

Jane Lubchenco, a marine biologist and a professor of zoology at Oregon State University, has long been a fan of Aldo Leopold and proponent of his land ethic philosophy. In 1998, she founded the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program to teach academic scientists how to be better communicators and leaders in their communities. In 2007, Jane was invited to visit us at the Leopold Center to take part in the inaugural Leopold Conference, a gathering of 12 prominent conservation thinkers from around the country to discuss the role of Leopold's land ethic in the 21st century. She has just recently been assigned the post of Administrator of NOAA under the Obama Administration. Congratulations, Jane!
Photo: Estella Leopold and Jane Lubchenco in front of the Shack during the Leopold Conference, 2007.

Leopold's Philosophy Informs and Inspires the National Wildlife Refuge System

We recently assisted Defenders of Wildlife in releasing a new report that assesses the state of the National Wildlife Refuge System and delineates recommendations for the Obama administration to strengthen the system for the 21st Century. The report's title, "Keeping Every Cog and Wheel," comes directly out of Aldo Leopold's writing, and sets the tone for a forward-looking plan guided by ethical considerations for wildlife conservation. Nina Leopold Bradley has written the introduction to the report, encouraging all refuge stewards and managers to "choose to adopt a stronger land ethic; to sensibly cling to '...every cog and wheel.'" Download the 30-page report, including Nina's introduction.

The Stuff Books are Made Of

Wisconsin author Ben Logan has protected his farm, the subject of his 1975 book, The Land Remembers, by putting it into a conservation easement. It will always be a farm. He made his decision in consultation with a number of conservation experts, including ALF executive director Buddy Huffaker. Protecting land that was the subject of a book is familiar to us: the Leopold Memorial Reserve was formed to conserve the land behind A Sand County Almanac. Read the whole article about Ben's decision to permanently protect his land.

Notes from the Field

Winter is buckthorn time! Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is an invasive tree that threatens forested ecosystems, including ours here on the Leopold Memorial Reserve. It spreads rapidly and forms a dense thicket which shades out the native plants on the forest floor and also inhibits native tree regeneration. Winter is the perfect time for buckthorn removal -- it's cold enough to run a chainsaw in comfort, and it's a time when there are fewer other land restoration projects that can be done. Our land stewardship team cuts each buckthorn stem and treats the stump with an oil-based chemical that is effective even when the tree is dormant. So far this season, our crew has cut and treated buckthorn on 33 acres of the Reserve! Read our 2008 report online!

Become a Part of Aldo Leopold Weekend 2009

Aldo Leopold Weekend is an annual community-based event sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation in towns all over the country. In Wisconsin, celebrations are held on the first weekend of March, to mark the anniversary of the writing of “Foreword” in A Sand County Almanac. Other states like Iowa, Arkansas, and New Mexico have also planned celebrations at different times throughout the year. Ohio even had an entire year of Aldo Leopold Weekend events, one every month between March 2007 and March of 2008. Planning for 2009 Aldo Leopold Weekend events is happening now! Check out last year’s listings to see if there is an event in your community you can plan to attend or help with, or check out our event planning resources and join our team of leaders that organize new events nationwide. If you would like to celebrate Leopold Weekend in your workplace, contact us for ideas. Thanks to the Boldt Company for their continued sponsorship of this program.