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Aldo Leopold, the Land Ethic, and "A Sand County Almanac"
Aldo Leopold, the Land Ethic, and "A Sand County Almanac"

Thu, Jul 18


Leopold's Preserve

Aldo Leopold, the Land Ethic, and "A Sand County Almanac"

History lecture presented by the Aldo Leopold Foundation

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Time & Location

Jul 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Leopold's Preserve, 16290 Thoroughfare Rd, Broad Run, VA 20137, USA

About the Event

While Aldo Leopold’s impact on the conservation movement is broad and deep, he is mostly known as the author of the now classic A Sand County Almanac.  Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2024, A Sand County Almanac has been translated into sixteen languages and serves as one of the foundational texts for anyone that cares about people and places.  But becoming a classic doesn’t happen overnight, it requires great writing, and often a few twists of fate.  Buddy Huffaker, executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will provide a quick biographical sketch of Aldo Leopold and then focus on the people and events that have kept A Sand County Almanac and the call for a Land Ethic as relevant as ever.

Buddy Huffaker joined the Aldo Leopold Foundation in 1996 as a seasonal intern and has served as Executive Director since 1999.  During his tenure the foundation has grown the Leopold Community by protecting the Leopold Shack & Farm (the inspiration and setting for much of the classic A Sand County Almanac) as a National Historic Landmark, constructing the LEED Platinum Aldo Leopold Legacy Center out of trees planted by the Leopold family, producing the Emmy Award winning documentary Green Fire, and supporting ten different foreign translations of A Sand County Almanac.  The foundation continues the Leopold family’s commitment to stewardship through the restoration and management of the 4,400 acre Leopold-Pines Conservation Area and by using this experience to inform and inspire other landowners to adopt and implement their own land ethic.  Buddy’s leadership in the conservation movement includes service on state and federal advisory committees and participation in three White House Conferences on conservation and environmental education.

This lecture will take place on the wetland observation deck, which is wheelchair-accessible from Parking Lot West. Participants are welcome to bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on during the program.

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