by Crystal Cockman
June 22, 2017
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” – Aldo Leopold
The LandTrust for Central NC launched our new youth initiative entitled the Leopold Society, after the father of conservation, Aldo Leopold. The Leopold Society enlightens youth participants from grades 6 to 12 on the natural world and conservation issues. Participants develop conservation techniques, outdoor skills, and hands-on natural resource stewardship and service. The long-term goal of the Leopold Society program is to instill a lifelong love of nature in youth participants that will translate into positive action as adults.
But just who was Aldo Leopold? An American author, philosopher, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist, Leopold is considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system. Best known for his book A Sand County Almanac (1949), which has sold more than two million copies, this book details Leopold’s “land ethic,” which calls for an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature.