Near Mauston in Juneau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Sand Counties – Aldo Leopold Territory
At the core of Aldo Leopold’s writing is the concept of a land ethic in which love and respect for the land are the guiding principles. He believed that public conservation efforts had little chance of success unless private individuals felt a strong personal responsibility for the health of the land.
In 1935, driven to action by this philosophy, Leopold purchased a Sand County farm “worn out and then abandoned by our bigger-and-better society” and “selected for its lack of goodness and its lack of highway.” There the Leopold family spent twelve years of time and effort changing their 80 acres of desolation into a showpiece of native Wisconsin habitat complete with abundant wildlife and restored natural landscape. In so doing, Aldo Leopold left us an inspiring example of the land ethic in action.
Erected 1983 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 270.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is southeast of Mauston at westbound Rest Area 10. Marker is in this post office area: Mauston WI 53948, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wisconsin River (approx. one mile away); The Iron Brigade (approx. one mile away); Hop Raising (approx. 3.8 miles away); Orland S. Loomis (1893–1942) (approx. 7 miles away); Stewart's Chapel (approx. 7.4 miles away); Stanton Peter Helland (approx. 11.9 miles away); Wisconsin Dells (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mauston.
Also see . . .
1. The Aldo Leopold Foundation. "Not only was this influential book late to develop in Leopold’s mind, it was very nearly never completed. A week after Oxford University Press agreed to publish his manuscript, titled “Great Possessions,” Aldo Leopold suffered a heart attack and died while fighting an escaped grass fire on a neighbor’s property." (Submitted on December 16, 2007.)
2. Aldo Leopold Nature Center. "Often (Submitted on December 16, 2007.)
3. The Leopold Center. "This book has been compared to Henry David Thoreau's Walden, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and the works of John Muir. Many of the essays focused on the the birds, animals and plants surrounding Leopold's weekend home (called "the Shack") on the Wisconsin River north of Madison." (Submitted on December 16, 2007.)
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,385 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on April 18, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.