Saturday, November 27, 2010
New Edition of Aldo Leopold Biography
Link to November 27 Baraboo News Republic article, "Book tells Leopold's life story".
Excerpt: Aldo Leopold was in search of land he could use as a camp for future bow hunting trips with family, friends and students when he first laid eyes on an abandoned farm near the Wisconsin River in 1935.
A farmhouse on the property northeast of Baraboo had burned to the ground, and the only structure remaining was a chicken coop with a year's worth of manure piled against one wall.
"When we carry it out and put it under your garden, you'll be glad it was there," the University of Wisconsin-Madison professor told his wife, Estella Leopold.
The Leopolds transformed the shack - now a national landmark - into a home away from home, where they spent summer days restoring the farmed-out land and living without material things.
The purchase and restoration of that property is one of many tales included in "Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work," the first book to follow one of the world's most significant conservationists from childhood to death.