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Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time

Aldo Leopold inspecting pine trees at the Leopold Shack, 1946.
Robert McCabe/Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, aldoleopold.org
Aldo Leopold inspecting pine trees at the Leopold Shack, 1946.

Airs Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

"Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time" is the first feature-length documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). He is the father of the national wilderness system, and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture.

Aldo Leopold, 1928.
Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, aldoleopold.org
Aldo Leopold, 1928.
Aldo Leopold writing at the Shack.
Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, aldoleopold.org
Aldo Leopold writing at the Shack.
The Leopold family at the Leopold Shack in Wisconsin, 1939.
Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, aldoleopold.org
The Leopold family at the Leopold Shack in Wisconsin, 1939.
Aldo Leopold with his dog, Flick, at the Riley Game Cooperative in Southern Wisconsin.
Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, aldoleopold.org
Aldo Leopold with his dog, Flick, at the Riley Game Cooperative in Southern Wisconsin.

The film was honored with an Emmy® award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in November 2012.

Emmy-Award winning narrator Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold, and the film’s on-screen guide is Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer. The film uses Meine to help explore Leopold’s continuing influence. Meine highlights a multitude of modern conservation efforts that connect people and land at the local level.

The groups inspired by Leopold range from from environmental educators working in the inner city of Chicago to connect children to where food comes from, to ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico working on cooperative conservation efforts, to wildlife biologists working on bringing back threatened and endangered species.

The "Green Fire" film portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land—his call for a land ethic—ties all of these modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future, on Earth Day and every day.

“Aldo Leopold’s legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world,” said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker.

“What is exciting about 'Green Fire' is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined.”

"Green Fire" was produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature. The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Headquartered at the Leopold Center just down the road from the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm, the foundation works to connect people and the natural world through Aldo Leopold’s legacy.

Learn more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation and get a full list of public television broadcast dates and stations for the "Green Fire" movie at aldoleopold.org. "Green Fire" is on Facebook, and you can follow @AldoLeopoldFdn on Twitter.

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