Special Event: Living a Land Ethic book reading with author Stephen Laubach

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

Stephen Laubach, who works at the Arboretum in the Earth Partnership program and does regional consulting work in watershed conservation, has recently published Living a Land Ethic: A History of Cooperative Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve.

Meet the author and learn more about Aldo Leopold and his land ethic at the Arboretum Visitor Center on Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m. The cost is $5. Please feel free to pre-register if you wish.

Laubach will read from his book and explain how the reserve demonstrates an innovative effort in private conservation connected to the modern land trust movement.

He will also share unexpected findings from his research including rare video footage of Aldo Leopold fly fishing in northern Wisconsin.

The land that is now the Leopold Memorial Reserve, much like the Arboretum, provided Aldo Leopold with an ideal setting for his pioneering experiments in ecological restoration.

Five neighboring landowners recognized this area’s significance to conservation history by signing an agreement in 1967 to restrict development and continue restoration efforts around the Shack.

Laubach recently completed his PhD in environmental studies and science education at the UW-Madison. He taught biology and environmental studies for several years at Aldo Leopold’s high school alma mater, the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.

Visit the author’s website for more information about the book Living a Land Ethic, including additional resource and archival material.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.