RE: NANFA-- Harper's article

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Wed, 21 Feb 2001 10:14:33 -0600

Jay DeLong wrote:

"She invokes the ideas of Aldo Leopold (whom she laments "has had about as
much affect on the American conscience as a

I can agree with this on some levels but while he may not have reached "the
masses" with his message, can you imagine how much less positive effect
there would have been on our environment if he hadn't reached many of us? I
reread A Sand County Almanac about every other year and peruse it for
specific quotes and thoughts almost monthly. I derive a lot of motivation
and internal fortitude from his writings. I like to think that I manage to
reach a few people and do some good for our world just as all of my
colleagues in the Nature Center field do. Add to that, all of the
biologists, ecologists, wildlife managers, even foresters and other natural
resource managers who are doing their jobs and spreading the message of
environmental conservation and you see that, while Aldo might not have made
the best sellers list and hasn't had the readership of more popular authors,
his effect on our world is vast, yet subtle and long term.

For any who may not be familiar with Leopold and his works, I highly
recommend A Sand County Almanac as a "must" read.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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