|Birth||(1887-01-11)January 11, 1887 Burlington, Iowa, US|
|Birth Place||Burlington, Iowa, US|
|Death||(1948-04-21)(aged 61) Baraboo, Wisconsin, US|
|Died At||Baraboo, Wisconsin, US|
Events Occured in Scienctist Life
He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac (1949), which has sold more than two million copies.
Rand Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa, on January 11, 1887.
In 1900, Gifford Pinchot, who oversaw the newly implemented Division of Forestry in the Department of Agriculture, donated money to Yale University to begin one of the nation's first forestry schools.
He arrived at his new school in January 1904, shortly before he turned 17.
In 1909, Leopold was assigned to the Forest Service's District 3 in the Arizona and New Mexico territories.
In 1911, he was transferred to the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico.
Leopold's career, which kept him in New Mexico until 1924, included developing the first comprehensive management plan for the Grand Canyon, writing the Forest Service's first game and fish handbook, and proposing Gila Wilderness Area, the first national wilderness area in the Forest Service system.
On April 5, 1923, he was elected an associate member (now called "professional member") of the Boone and Crockett Club, a wildlife conservation organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell.
In 1924, he accepted transfer to the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, and became an associate director.
In 1933, he was appointed Professor of Game Management in the Agricultural Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin, the first such professorship of wildlife management.
His children followed in his footsteps as teachers and naturalists: Aldo Starker Leopold (1913–1983) was a wildlife biologist and professor at UC Berkeley; Luna B. Leopold (1915–2006) became a hydrologist and geology professor at UC Berkeley; Nina Leopold Bradley (1917–2011) was a researcher and naturalist; Aldo Carl Leopold (1919–2009) was a plant physiologist, who taught at Purdue University for 25 years; and daughter Estella Leopold (b. 1927) is a noted botanist and conservationist and professor emerita at the University of Washington.
There, he put his theories to work in the field and eventually wrote his best-selling A Sand County Almanac (1949), finished just prior to his death.
By the early 1920s, Leopold had concluded that a particular kind of preservation should be embraced in the national forests of the American West.
In his 1933 book Game Management, Leopold defined the science of wildlife management as "the art of making land produce sustained annual crops of wild game for recreational use."
In 1935, he helped found the Wilderness Society, dedicated to expanding and protecting the nation's wilderness areas.
The book was published in 1949, shortly after Leopold's death.
In January 1995 I helped carry the first grey wolf into Yellowstone, where they had been eradicated by federal predator control policy only six decades earlier.
In 1950 The Wildlife Society honored Leopold by creating an annual award in his name.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation of Baraboo, Wisconsin, was founded in 1982 by Aldo and Estella Leopold's five children as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit conservation organization whose mission is "to foster the land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold."
In 2012, in collaboration with the United States Forest Service, the foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature released the first high-definition, full-length film about Leopold, entitled Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.
The Aldo Leopold Wilderness in New Mexico's Gila National Forest was named after him in 1980.The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture was established in 1987 at Iowa State University in Ames.
The U.S. Forest Service established the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute at the University of Montana, Missoula in 1993.
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System, a system of 42 state trails in Wisconsin, was created by the state in 2007.The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, created through the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act is committed to "new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources as well as reducing negative environmental and social impacts".
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