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By David E. Brown, Neil B. Carmony, Aldo Leopold

First released in 1990 and now on hand simply from college of latest Mexico Press, this quantity collects twenty-six of Aldo Leopold's little-known essays and articles released among 1915 and 1948. Leopold labored for the us woodland carrier in New Mexico and Arizona from 1909 to 1924. whereas hired as a forester within the Southwest, he built his ecological rules in articles written for newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and journals. Hitherto unavailable to most people, those items convey that Leopold used to be now not born an ecologist. every day, the younger forester grappled with concrete ecological difficulties and groped for useful recommendations. He made error and realized not easy classes from them. The sum of his event is the ecological knowledge of his vintage A Sand County Almanac, first released in 1949. the quantity editors have prepared this assortment to teach Leopold evolving from a naive forester to a mature expert and eventually to a passionate environmental recommend. They stick to every one article with precious commentaries on its value to the improvement of Leopold's philosophy.

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Today, several years after my retirement, I still find the philosophies expressed in A Sand County Almanac so meaningful and moving that, after each rereading, I'm ready to "don the armor" and "slay dragons" on behalf of wildlife and wildlands. Thus, reading Aldo Leopold's Southwest was a very special experience for me. David Brown and Neil Carmony have assembled a selection of Leopold's published but now obscure writings into a volume that elegantly illuminates the crucial role of his southwestern experiences in the development of his most important ecological ideas.

An old cow comes along and cats them. Why? For the same reason that humans chew gumjust to be doing something. The meal of pine boughs is not good for the old cow. In many cases it causes abortion of the calf. The cowman comes along and is full of wrath. He too has a sense of humor, but in these days an aborted calf is rather a serious joke. Squirrels play similar jokes on the forester by cutting off millions of immature pine cones, which are the source of the necessary seed crop. Incidentally, this joke is a boomerang to the foolish squirrels, who need pine seed to eat.

The year 1987 marked the centennial of Aldo Leopold's birth. Scholars, environmentalists, colleagues, and former students assembled at conferences to honor the man who had so greatly influenced conservation and the wildlife-management profession in America. The scholarly papers and reminiscences presented at these gatherings, together with Susan Flader's biographical analysis, Thinking Like a Mountain, and Curt Meine's definitive biography, Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, now provide a substantial literature about America's most eloquent conservation writer.

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