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Green Fire, an Aldo Leopold Documentary

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time from Jeannine Richards on Vimeo.

‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.’ Aldo Leopold

Last week in Berkeley, there was a showing of Green Fire, a documentary about Aldo Leopold that is making the rounds. The trailer embedded above is a bit slow, but the full length film is engrossing and well worth a viewing. A Sand County Almanac made a big impression on me years ago, but there’s more to Leopold’s story than just that, and the film conveys that same sense of a Leopold as a great conservation thinker. It can’t be overstated how far ahead of his time he was.

Among other highlights, the film has footage of the shack and farm — now a national historic landmark — where he wrote A Sand County Almanac. I remember reading the book, reading about his efforts to rehabilitate the land, and wondering how his conservation efforts there endured after his death. Quite well, apparently, no doubt in part because his children were conservationists too. The photo above is from Wikimedia, this blog has a few more photos of the shack and land, and there’s a slideshow of black and whites at the Aldo Leopold Foundation website for contrast. But you get the best sense of the place by watching the film. The KQED climate blog, reviewing the film, says it will probably be shown on PBS in about a year.


2 Responses to “Green Fire, an Aldo Leopold Documentary”

  1. March 8th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. It took me years to reach A Sand County Almanac and I’m glad I arrived there. Every time I learn more about conservation in the earlier 20th century I’m surprised by how much Leopold’s name comes up. I look forward to seeing the film.

  2. March 11th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Brad says:

    I’d never heard of him. Thanks for the post. The trailer is a bit slow to start, but very interesting. I’ll have to look for the book and film.

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