By: Stacey Wildberger – December 2016
The holidays are coming and you are probably trying to figure out what to get the ecologically-minded people on your list this year. I have compiled a list of my favorite books for every nature loving conservationist on your list, and for those of you looking to be inspired to action! Happy Holidays!!
- A Sand County Almanac by: Aldo Leopold – “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot” – Aldo Leopold. I am one who cannot. As one of the cornerstones of modern conservation, this collection of essays is a must read for not just the conservation minded of us but everyone. I believe it should be required reading for our young people. It will truly inspire and ignite a passion for conservationism, a desire to protect that which is natural and a feeling of empowerment that our actions can make a difference. Aldo Leopold is considered by most to be the father of wildlife management system of the U.S. He was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast. A Sand County Almanac shares stories, triumphs, and failures of the ecological restoration experiment his family embarked on when Leopold bought a worn out farm in Baraboo, Wisconsin: it examines the human relationship to the natural world. One of the most telling examples of that relationship is the essay Thinking Like A Mountain-it tells of Leopold watching the ‘green fire’ die in the eyes of a wolf and how changed his perspective on wildlife management. His original feeling was that fewer wolves meant more deer and more deer would be a hunter’s paradise but years later as he reflected on that day he realized that neither the wolf nor the mountain viewed it the same as he witnessed the destruction on the landscape by too many deer. There should be a balance and harmony between man and nature.