Stories from the Leopold Shack: Sand County Revisited

Stories from the Leopold Shack: Sand County Revisited

by Estella B. Leopold


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In 1934, conservationist Aldo Leopold and his wife Estella bought a barn - the remnant of a farm - and surrounding lands in south-central Wisconsin. The entire Leopold clan - five children in all - worked together to put into practice Aldo's "land ethic," which involved ecological restoration and sustainability. In the process, they built more than a pleasant weekend getaway; they established a new way of relating to nature. In 1948, A Sand County Almanac was published, and it has become a beloved and foundational text of the conservation movement.

Decades later, Estella B. Leopold, the youngest of the Leopold children - she was eight when they bought the land - now reflects on the "Shack," as they called the repurposed barn, and its inhabitants, and recalls with clear-eyed fondness the part it played in her and her siblings' burgeoning awareness of nature's miracles, season by season. In Stories from the Leopold Shack: Sand County Revisited, she unforgettably recalls the intensity of those days: the taste of fresh honey on sourdough pancakes; the trumpeting arrival of migrating Canada geese; the awesome power of river ice driven by currents - and each description is accompanied by stunning photographs by her brother, A. Carl Leopold. As the Leopolds worked to restore degraded farmland back to its original prairie and woods, they noted and celebrated all of the flora and fauna that came to share the Shack lands.

As first evoked in A Sand County Almanac, and now revisited in Stories from the Leopold Shack, the Leopold family's efforts of ecological restoration were among the earliest in the United States, and their work, collectively and individually, continues to have a profound impact on land management and conservationism. All of Aldo and Estella Leopold's children went on to become distinguished scientists and to devote themselves to a life of conservation; their work continues through the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Estella B. Leopold book offers a voyage back to the place where it all began.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190463229
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/08/2016
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Estella Bergere Leopold was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1927, and after undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and a PhD from Yale University became a paleobotanist and conservationist. From 1955 to 1976 she worked for the United States Geological Survey and subsequently moved to the University of Washington, where, until her retirement, she was a professor of botany and forest sciences and directed the Quaternary Research Center. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of many awards and citations, she lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
1. Rebuilding
2. We meet the Neighbors
3. The Shack and the Parthenon
4. Planting Pines
5. The Music of our Days and Nights
6. Our Second Fireplace, a remodel (1936)
7. The Flying Visitor
8. Woopsie!

Chapter 2 WINTER
9. Cutting Wood, Banding Birds
10.. Our Shack is Vandalized
11. The Slough and the River
12. Games in winter
13. Cutting the Good Oak

Chapter 3 SPRING
14. Planting Again
15. Poco & Pedro
16. Sky Dance
17. Warbler Watching
18. Meat Rock and calling to the Owls
19. Goose music
20. What species do the deer prefer?
21. Road kill for Supper

Chapter 4 SUMMER
22. Summer Rhythms at The Shack
23. Tree House
24. Benches at the Shack
25. Our Beach
26. On the Shores of Lake Chapman
27. What we found in the Sand Blow
28. Later Years: Building Trails
Chapter 5 FALL
29. Bounty from our shack garden and orchard
30. Carl's Hawks
31. Hunting Traditions
32. Fall Hunting at the Shack and Beyond
33. Dad and Gus, the German Short haired Pointer
34. Artisan and Archery
35. Roving and Archery Practice
36. Mother's Tournament Successes 4. Lady Diana on the Hunt and in the Classroom
37. Hunting at the Shack and Beyond
Chapter 7 The Shack Landscape and its Restoration: A Natural History
1. The Lay of the Land a. Glacial carvings: The Johnstown Moraine and Green Bay Lobe b. Early Forests c. Vegetation Phases d. Early Historical Records
2. What we did to the Land: Restoration Efforts to 1948.
a. The Shack Yard- and the plants we love b. The old corn Field and Finding the Natives c. Woodland Species d. Maples, Soft and Hard e. Our Garden and the Original Orchard.
f. Moist prairie south of the River Road g. The Sand Blow h. Tamaracks i. Pines Planted, Do Not Molest j. The Neighbor's Fire
4. We Plant an Oak

Chapter 8. The Continuing Process of Restoration, 1948- present a. The Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve b. the Bradley Study Ctr and a prairie experiment-
c. The Leopold Fellows Program d. Significance of Ninas Prairie Building e. Aldo Leopold Shack Foundation f. Charlie Bradleys Woods and Prairie g. Restored prairie areas ( and map)
h. Oak forests and Resilient Prairie Plants i. Of Sandhill Cranes and Ducks j. Nina's phenology k. Other restoration projects
Ch. 9. The Shack Idea
Starker's Shack at Sage Hen, California
Luna's place on the New Fork, Wyoming.
Nina's and Charlie's home near the Wisconsin Shack.
Carl's shack in Costa Rica
My Shack West in Colorado
Chapter 10 Epilogue: "Family and Familiarity"

Three Pet Stories
Notes and sources

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Stories from the Leopold Shack: Sand County Revisited 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free uncorrected electronic copy of this memoir from Netgalley and Estella B. Leopold in exchange for an honest review. This collection of essays and stories was written and compiled by the baby of the Leopold family, Estella. Whether or not you are familiar with the Sand County works written by her father from the 1940's, this is an excellent look at growing up in the north east in the '40's and '50's, and the early days of ecological studies in rebuilding the great American Prairies that had been destroyed by the clearcut farming practices of the early settlers. This is an interesting and educational book that reads like a memoir or novel. I will look for the other works by both 'Baby' Estella and her siblings. Thank you for sharing your work, with me.