Saturday, February 8, 2014

Aldo Leopold Quiz

Aldo Leopold's shack where he came up with the ideas
for the Sand County Almanac.
Click for photo credit.
I always like to discuss Aldo Leopold when I review the history of the environmental movement and the development of sustainability.  So, today, I thought I would give you a quick Aldo Leopold Quiz.  The answers are in the comments.

1.  Where and when was Aldo Leopold born?

2.  He went to college and earned a degree in a forestry program established by Gifford Pinchot.  What college did he attend to earn this degree?

3.  He wrote the first comprehensive management plan for which important National Park?

4.  He also wrote a proposal for which new type of public land classification?

5.  He was appointed first US professor of _________________ at the University of Wisconsin.

6.  Aldo Leopold's farm was near this important Wisconsin tourist attraction.

7.  His famous book is called The Sand County Almanac.  It is considered one of the more important books in the history of the environmental movement largely because of Leopold's call for a "land ethic".  What does the sand refer to in the title of the book?  How did it form?

8.  How did he die?

9.  His children were all scientists.  One, Luna Leopold, had a very important career as a _____________ professor.

10.  In which U.S. state is the Aldo Leopold Wilderness?

5 comments:

Bob Brinkmann said...

1. Burlington, Iowa
2. Yale
3. Grand Canyon
4. National Wilderness Area (in the National Forests)
5. Game management
6. The Wisconsin Dells
7. The sand is part of an outwash plain that formed as the continental ice sheet melted just north of his farm.
8. He died of a heart attack while fighting a wildfire on his farm.
9. Geology
10. New Mexico

Maya Trotz said...

This is brilliant Bob. You must do more. And have the videos to go with it.

Geoff said...

Actually the regulations for the land classification where administrative guidance for "primitive areas". Wilderness with the capital "w" didn't come into play until 1964.

Jerry Esch said...

Well I couldn't answer question 7 exactly, but thanks to Meine's excellent biography of Aldo Leopold, I knew the rest. I guess I know what this old English major needs to study!

Bob Brinkmann said...

Thanks Geoffrey for the correction! Revised answers below:

1. Burlington, Iowa
2. Yale
3. Grand Canyon
4. Primitive Areas (in the National Forests). Later renamed Wilderness Areas.
5. Game management
6. The Wisconsin Dells
7. The sand is part of an outwash plain that formed as the continental ice sheet melted just north of his farm.
8. He died of a heart attack while fighting a wildfire on his farm.
9. Geology
10. New Mexico