This is my all time favorite book. Leopold environmental philosophy was mature for his time. He had a passion for the Midwest landscape without having a political agenda. Leopold foretold the downhill slide of Midwest faming and it effect both environmentally and economically. His stern warning is found in the midst of a beautiful description of the rolling prairies of the Midwest.
A classic. Any nature lover, anyone in touch with natural rhythms that cares about the world around us must read!
Possibly the -best- bit of nature writing ever produced
Aldo Leopold's landmark classic of conservationism and wilderness management, this book is an entertaining read. Steeped in wilderness management and the craft of living outdoors, Leopold's essays enlighten and educate without seeming like a lecture.
Leopold was not some "radical environmentalist" as some might think, but was a very practical conservationist who cared deeply about the natural cycle of life and interconnectedness of all creatures (and man). When he explains (in simple terms) what it takes to create one inch of topsoil, you realize how profoundly important it is for us to be good stewards of this earth so that future generations may reap its benefits also. A very readable and highly influential work - I hope a lot more people will discover it.