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Presented by Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan brings the words and wisdom of Aldo Leopold to audiences through the Chautauqua performances of, Naturalist and retired Landscape Architect. Why is Aldo Leopold important to our current world? He is thought to be the father of wildlife ecology and our national wilderness system. He was a forester, conservationist, philosopher, educator and writer. His book, The Sand County Almanac, one of the most widely read on conservation, has been translated into 15 languages. What is most pertinent about his teachings is that those words, many written one hundred years ago, are even more relevant today than when he wrote them. His philosophy, he called the Land Ethic, included the natural world into ethical thinking. He said, “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.” As our population has become more and more urban, the importance of embracing the natural world is more critical to our future all the time. Leopold asked that “people become more observant.”

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