Monday, November 05, 2007

A Sand County Almanac

A Sand County Almanac written by Aldo Leopold and published by the Oxford University Press in 1949 is a wonderful read for anyone that enjoys the natural world. Aldo Leopold was a founding member of the Wilderness Society and is credited with founding the profession of game management.

The book contain essays that cover Aldo Leopold's weekend retreats on his Wisconsin farm, his early concerns regarding the preservation of the land and its resources, his views on the relationship between humankind and nature, and ending with his views on the fallacy of conservation for purely economic grounds when the issue is a philosophical issue of ethics.

Unfortunately, is appears few people have read the book and taken to heart the message. Although written in the 1940s, many of the issues could be ripped from the headlines of any current newspaper, especially in the Lowcountry!

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