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Living a Land Ethic

A History of Cooperative Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve

Stephen A. Laubach

Publication Year: 2014

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Series: Wisconsin Land and Life

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword by Stanley A. Temple

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pp. xi-xiv

...natural surroundings. I knew most of the plants and animals from my rambles around the woods and fields of northern Ohio, but the way Leopold described them was a refreshing change from the matter...

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pp. xv-xviii

...I have many people to thank for their support in the writing of this book. Foremost among these is Stanley Temple, professor emeritus of wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Stan introduced me to the legacy of Aldo Leopold in the spring...

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pp. 3-11

...with their spouses at the Colemans’ house in Madison, Wisconsin. e conversation soon turned to one of their favorite hunting grounds, an hour to the northwest of Madison along the Wisconsin River. e land had been in the Coleman family for several...

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Chapter 1 - Settlement and Changing Land Health in the Central Sands Area

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pp. 12-28

...property features a much deeper human history. Perhaps the reserve area’s most significant feature during most of its history has been its location near a portage between the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers...

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Chapter 2 - Sowing the Seeds of the Leopold Memorial Reserve Idea

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pp. 29-44

...remaining building at the time they acquired the land. Now designated a National Historic Landmark, the simple structure had been the Alexanders’ chicken coop. Aldo and his wife Estella converted...

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Chapter 3 - Implementing a Management Plan

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pp. 45-63

...near Baraboo? Who would be hired to manage the land? How would Leopold’s guiding principles be applied in practice? The founders attempted to address these issues by hiring in January 1968 one of...

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Chapter 4 - Growth in Research and Education Programs

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pp. 64-79

...taught at Montana State University and after we were married he said ‘I want to retire early enough so we can do a major project.’” When two of his projects did not work out, Nina asked him about retiring on the reserve. Her husband liked...

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Chapter 5 - Conservation’s Next Generation

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pp. 80-94

...operations in the process, this transition was not painless. The two decades leading up to the new millennium involved conflict between the foundations, as well as between some of the reserve’s...

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Conclusion: The Legacy of the Leopold Memorial Reserve

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pp. 95-105

...number of participants included five families who owned 900 acres among them, with later land acquisitions expanding the reserve to more than 1,600 acres. Management and programming, often a one-man job during its early decades, was later overseen...

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pp. 106-108

...Aldo Leopold Foundation, supported by donors Phill and Joan Pines, aggressively sought out private funding, but it also used matching state and federal money to...


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pp. 109-126


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pp. 127-132


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pp. 133-136

Series Page

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pp. 137-138

E-ISBN-13: 9780299298739
E-ISBN-10: 0299298736
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299298746
Print-ISBN-10: 0299298744

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Wisconsin Land and Life

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Subject Headings

  • Leopold, Aldo, 1886-1948.
  • Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve (Wis.).
  • Natural resources conservation areas -- Wisconsin.
  • Restoration ecology -- Wisconsin.
  • Conservation biology -- Wisconsin.
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