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"Sand County Foundation's Leopold Conservation Award Program celebrates private landowners for outstanding voluntary achievement in conservation on agricultural lands."

Sand County Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to working with private landholders across North America on voluntary land management practices that benefit the environment. Sand County Foundation was founded more than forty years ago to protect the land surrounding renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold’s shack from development.  Rather than depending on public acquisition, our protection strategy was rooted in private action inspired by Leopold’s Land Ethic, using responsible, voluntary means.

Today, Sand County Foundation is the nation’s leading voice for private landowners. The Foundation works with farmers, ranchers and foresters to improve the quality of their lands through science, ethics, and incentives.  Our focus has expanded from research and experimental management on Leopold’s land to supporting and encouraging the stewards of hundreds of thousands of acres.

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Originally posted to ban nock at DKos on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 05:21 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 05:21:29 PM PST

  •  seems embeddable (10+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 05:47:07 PM PST

  •  Your life will be very different, young man, (10+ / 0-)

    should you ever experience an epiphany similar to Leopold's:

    We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:20:10 PM PST

    •  your life would be entirely different young man (0+ / 0-)

      if you ever realized Leopold gained his insights by experiencing nature first hand, not through a computer monitor. You might try reading one of his books too.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:06:45 AM PST

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      •  Typically, you smugly presume an incompetence (0+ / 0-)

        of experience or knowledge on the part of your critics, a presumption that is hilariously unfounded in this case. Suffice to say, I am very familiar with both Leopold, and with the wild. Dismissing my views with ad hominem crap about computer monitors makes you look a fool.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:43:56 AM PST

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        •  I assumed the same ignorance and youth as did (0+ / 0-)

          you. Back at ya old guy, be nice or I cut off your supply of Depends.

          Seriously, why be so nasty, sour, and hateful in your comments. If you really are elderly you should realize life is short. The more time one spends hating and being hateful the less of a good life you live.

          Off with my kids to Cabelas. Sun is shining here.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:13:32 AM PST

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          •  I assumed no ignorance on your part, and I (0+ / 0-)

            think I have a pretty good idea of your age. The only thing I presumed, based on the philosophy you espouse here, is that whatever epiphanies you may have experienced, you haven't had one that was conceptually similar to the one Leopold describes in the well-known text I quoted. In particular, I certainly did not assume you were unfamiliar with the text.

            As far as I can tell, you view all wildlife, and indeed, all of nature, as having no ethical standing beyond whatever such it derives second-hand from being an exploitable resource for human beings. You neither love nor admire the elk or the wolf; nor do you respect them in any sense that I understand by the word. Rather, you simply enjoy killing them. Your enjoyment has a pragmatic overcoat -- the elk can be eaten, and the wolves are a threat -- but ultimately, the reason you eat elk is because you can hunt and kill them, which is more fun than raising and butchering a sheep. You disparage the hunter who leaves behind a wounded animal, but I do not detect any meaningful concern for the animal's suffering -- only concern for the wasted resource, and the sullied forest.

            You lecture those like me on our supposed distance from the actuality of the wild -- yet, for you the wild is really just a big theme park, to be engineered as precisely as possible in order to satisfy your personal pleasure principle. Nothing you write suggests any real respect for any of the various resources whose husbandry you so ardently support.

            And so, to come back 'round to answering your question, Why the hate?, my response is: Because I didn't like seeing you invoke Leopold in your advocacy of your agenda.

            To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

            by UntimelyRippd on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 11:29:19 AM PST

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  •  Will rec any diary with Aldo Leopold. (9+ / 0-)

    His should be required reading. Thanks for the diary.

  •  The single most life-changing book (11+ / 0-)

    I have read was A Sand County Almanac.

    I my previous career in forestry and conservation, I studyied wildlife management with A. Starker Leopold, the son of Aldo Leopold. I also worked on the Gila Wilderness, the first designated wilderness area in the U.S. - due to the efforts of Aldo Leopold. During my time there, I had the privilege of participating in a symposium to celebrate the area's designation, and meeting the surviving members of the Leopold family who were guests at the event.

    Even now, in my urbanized life in Albuquerque (to the extent that ABQ is urbanized), I can take a walk down through the Rio Grande Nature Center and pass by a plaque commemorating Aldo Leopold for his work in preserving the urban greenbelt that's pretty vital to the city's lifeblood.

    I am proud to be living in Leopold country. And it makes me sad to think how little the country as a whole knows of and honors his teachings.

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:35:01 PM PST

  •  I asked the library for a copy last year (5+ / 0-)

    and was thrilled to receive a coffee table book format with gorgeous photos.

    Leopold's words are profoundly true and beautiful and resonate with a primordial emotion that must still reside in all of us.

    My wish would be that every young person read this book before they leave the confines of home and school to venture out into the world.

    'How like fish we are: ready, nay, eager, to seize upon whatever new thing.......And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook". ALDO LEOPOLD - A Sand County Almanac

    by flowerfarmer on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 05:55:04 AM PST

    •  I found that collection of his essays to be (2+ / 0-)
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      flowerfarmer, jan4insight

      inspirational, but have yet to buy my own copy.

      Many don't know it but Leopold actually wrote a very long book, some 450 pages long full of his observations of wildlife. He wrote it while in his academic phase and like a lot of his stuff it's well organised as well as being well written. My copy ends up being left on a table after reading as much as it sits on the bookshelf. Some say his ideas are outdated, maybe, but they are good enough for me.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:30:51 AM PST

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      •  Went to the Aldo Leopold (2+ / 0-)
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        jan4insight, RiveroftheWest

        Foundation pages and was sad to see that their land stewardship internship included the use of herbicides in clearing noxious invasive weeds like buckthorn.

        Link here.

        I hadn't read his work since i was in college and i don't remember if Aldo supported this use of herbicide, especially at his cabin - this makes me sad!

        His writing, with others like Bill Mollison, Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Bill McKibben and Gene Logsdon, form the foundation for the daily lives of many of us who are deeply in love with the natural world and i, like you, keep those books close at hand as a religious person would keep their bible.

         

        'How like fish we are: ready, nay, eager, to seize upon whatever new thing.......And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook". ALDO LEOPOLD - A Sand County Almanac

        by flowerfarmer on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:32:14 AM PST

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