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Aldo Leopold Listens to the Southwest by ProQuest


An Iowan whose land-management career played out primarily in the Southwest and Midwest, Leopold is remembered as a founding member of the Wilderness Society; the originator of scientific game management; the architect of the nation's first wilderness area; a critic who questioned DDT nearly twenty years before Rachel Carson; the father of Starker and Luna Leopold, noteworthy ecologists in their own right; an advocate for responsible heritage tourism more than a half-century before the phrase existed; one of the earUest practitioners of community- based land cooperatives; and, well ahead of his time, an activist who suggested boycotting products made using chUd labor or in an environmentally negligent manner. [...] similar to ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan or biologist E. O. WUson today, whose writings privilege humanistic concepts as much as nature's mechanisms, Leopold was a scientist who authored hundreds of technical articles, but he is generaUy regarded as the voice that launched the discipline of environmental ethics in the early 1970s, more than two decades after his untimely death in 1948.

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