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For the Health of the Land : Previously Unpublished Essays And Other Writings - J.  Baird Callicott

For the Health of the Land

Previously Unpublished Essays And Other Writings

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Published: 1st September 1999
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Aldo Leopold's classic work A Sand County Almanac is widely regarded as one of the most influential conservation books of all time. In it, Leopold sets forth an eloquent plea for the development of a "land ethic" -- a belief that humans have a duty to interact with the soils, waters, plants, and animals that collectively comprise "the land" in ways that ensure their well-being and survival.For the Health of the Land, a new collection of rare and previously unpublished essays by Leopold, builds on that vision of ethical land use and develops the concept of "land health" and the practical measures landowners can take to sustain it. The writings are vintage Leopold -- clear, sensible, and provocative, sometimes humorous, often lyrical, and always inspiring. Joining them together are a wisdom and a passion that transcend the time and place of the author's life.The book offers a series of forty short pieces, arranged in seasonal "almanac" form, along with longer essays, arranged chronologically, which show the development of Leopold's approach to managing private lands for conservation ends. The final essay is a never before published work, left in pencil draft at his death, which proposes the concept of land health as an organizing principle for conservation. Also featured is an introduction by noted Leopold scholars J. Baird Callicott and Eric T. Freyfogle that provides a brief biography of Leopold and places the essays in the context of his life and work, and an afterword by conservation biologist Stanley A. Temple that comments on Leopold's ideas from the perspective of modern wildlife management.The book's conservation message and practical ideas are as relevant today as they were when first written over fifty years ago. For the Health of the Land represents a stunning new addition to the literary legacy of Aldo Leopold.

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Conserving Rural Wildlife
Game Management: A New Field for Sciencep. 27
Helping Ourselves: Being the Adventures of a Farmer and a Sportsman Who Produced Their Own Shooting Groundp. 33
The Wisconsin River Marshesp. 40
Coon Valley: An Adventure in Cooperative Conservationp. 47
Farm Game Management in Silesiap. 54
Be Your Own Emperorp. 70
A Landowner's Conservation Almanac
Winter
Winter Coverp. 84
Winter Foodp. 86
Feed the Songbirdsp. 88
Woodlot Wildlifep. 89
Stories in the Snowp. 91
Winter Care of Plantingsp. 92
Do We Want a Woodsless Countryside?p. 94
The Farmer and the Rabbitp. 95
The Farmer and the Foxp. 97
Pines above the Snowp. 100
Spring
The Farm Pondp. 103
The Marshp. 105
Evergreens for Coverp. 107
When the Geese Returnp. 109
Bur Oak: Badge of Wisconsinp. 110
Bluebirds Welcomep. 112
Back from the Argentinep. 114
Sky Dance of Springp. 116
Farmers and Ducksp. 118
Cliff Swallows to Orderp. 119
Summer
Wildflower Cornersp. 121
Windbreaksp. 123
The Farm Arboretump. 124
Pheasant Plantingp. 126
Pheasant Damagep. 128
Bird Housesp. 130
Wildlife and Waterp. 132
Bobwhitep. 134
Fifth Column of the Fencerowp. 135
Roadside Prairiesp. 137
Fall
Wild Foodsp. 140
Feeding Stationsp. 142
Look for Bird Bandsp. 143
The Hawk and Owl Questionp. 145
Feed Earlyp. 147
Farm Fur Cropsp. 148
Farming in Colorp. 151
Smartweed Sanctuariesp. 153
From Little Acornsp. 154
Woodlot Wildlife and Plant Diseasep. 157
Conservation and Land Health
The Farmer as a Conservationistp. 161
History of the Riley Game Cooperative, 1931-1939p. 175
Planning for Wildlifep. 193
Biotic Land-Usep. 198
What Is a Weed?p. 207
The Outlook for Farm Wildlifep. 213
The Land-Health Concept and Conservationp. 218
Afterwordp. 227
Acknowledgmentsp. 239
Editors' Notesp. 241
About the Contributorsp. 243
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ISBN: 9781559637633
ISBN-10: 1559637633
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2