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Where Ethics Meet Earth

Guided by Aldo Leopold’s idea of the land ethic, we champion both tangible and philosophical transformations for those dedicated to conservation, promoting responsible land stewardship and safeguarding our natural community.

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Who We Are

At the core of the Aldo Leopold Foundation is a group of dedicated conservationists. We aim to bridge the wisdom of pioneering conservationists with the pressing needs of the present. Our approach is rooted in inspirational storytelling, promoting a land ethic and celebrating successes that inspire and empower individuals to make a difference. We value diverse perspectives as we work to preserve the natural world for future generations.

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announcements & upcoming events

Never to Revisit: Aldo Leopold, Eco-Grief, and the Value of Wilderness With Maia Buschman

"It is the part of wisdom never to revisit a wilderness, for the more golden the lily, the more certain that someone has gilded it. To return not only spoils a trip, but tarnishes a memory." –Aldo Leopold Struck by Leopold’s piece “The Green Lagoons," 2023-24 Future Leaders fellow Maia Buschman became obsessed with understanding just what, exactly, Leopold meant by this quote. Was it possible Leopold was expressing his own ecological grief? Through her long-form video project "Never to Revisit," Maia explores Leopold's wilderness experiences while inviting folks from different environmental careers to share their connections to wildness and feelings of eco-grief and anxiety. What can we make of Leopold's "never revisiting" wisdom? What role do our own personal experiences of eco-grief play when it comes to wilderness and wildness? And should we revisit —or leave our memories of wilderness untouched?

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July 11, 2024
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A Voice for the Wild: Film and Conversation with Emily Ford

"A Voice for the Wild" captures the journey of Emily Ford and sled dog Diggins as they attempt to cross the secluded Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in winter. Facing subzero temperatures and miles of solitude, they forged ahead to raise awareness about copper mining threats and the power of wilderness areas. This endeavor is just one of several that Emily Ford has completed to advocate for wild spaces and inclusion in the outdoors. Register to join us for a showing of "A Voice for the Wild" and to have a Q&A with Emily.

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June 13, 2024
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Virtual Event
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The Gila Centennial Speaker Series: Live from Silver City, New Mexico

The history of the Gila is a microcosm of a long-standing debate: what is wilderness? Does Wilderness–big W–even exist in the way that Aldo Leopold imagined? When additional voices are included, namely those of Indigenous cultures that have lived in the region for thousands of years, how is the conversation reframed? These are the questions at the center of the upcoming Gila Centennial speaker series in Silver City, New Mexico. Join us to learn from the diversity of wilderness perspectives and to challenge your own understanding of land and wild spaces. Click to learn more!

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May 31, 2024
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Virtual Event
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10 a.m. CST
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U.S. Forest Service Chief Special Leopold Week Message

Tune in to the Leopold Week 2024 Kick-Off Event to hear the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Randy Moore, give a special message about Aldo Leopold’s impact and his connection to the agency.

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2024 Phenology Calendar

The calendar is rooted in the Leopold family’s passion for phenology, the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events. The 2024 edition is larger and brighter, complete with show-stopping nature photography and dates for scores of natural phenomena.

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Who Was aldo leopold?

An Enduring Legacy

Aldo Leopold was a pioneering American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist who profoundly influenced the modern conservation movement. Best known for his book A Sand County Almanac, Leopold introduced the concept of a "land ethic," emphasizing the interconnectedness of humans and the land they inhabit, which serves as the cornerstone of the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s modern-day mission. Today, Leopold's legacy continues to inspire and guide our efforts toward conservation and harmonious coexistence with the natural world.