Aldo Leopold was a visionary forester, wilderness advocate, watershed expert and pioneer in land restoration. His life's work culminated in the development of a "land ethic", one that encouraged us to look at land not as a commodity, but a community to which we belong.
To create this film, I traveled to Leopold's birthplace in Burlington , Iowa, and to the Leopold family farm and home of the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where I interviewed Leopold's biographer, Curt Meine, eminent Leopold historian Stanley Temple and the Executive Director of The Leopold Foundation, Buddy Huffaker. I also spent considerable time researching the project at the National Conservation Training Center, with the generous support of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
This is episode one of a series that will feature other giants of the US conservation and wilderness movements.
I hope you enjoy the film. - Jeff Ryan