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By David E. Brown, Neil B. Carmony, Aldo Leopold

First released in 1990 and now to be had basically from collage of latest Mexico Press, this quantity collects twenty-six of Aldo Leopold's little-known essays and articles released among 1915 and 1948. Leopold labored for the us woodland provider in New Mexico and Arizona from 1909 to 1924. whereas hired as a forester within the Southwest, he constructed his ecological principles in articles written for newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and journals. Hitherto unavailable to most people, those items convey that Leopold was once no longer born an ecologist. every day, the younger forester grappled with concrete ecological difficulties and groped for useful options. He made blunders and discovered tough classes from them. The sum of his adventure is the ecological knowledge of his vintage A Sand County Almanac, first released in 1949. the amount editors have prepared this assortment to teach Leopold evolving from a naive forester to a mature specialist and at last to a passionate environmental recommend. They stick to each one article with worthy commentaries on its value to the advance of Leopold's philosophy.

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The problem of lax game-law enforcement was to be corrected by pressuring politicians into hiring qualified professional game wardens rather than their political cronies. Predatory varmints had to be thinned out and eliminated where possible. Commercial hunters, poachers, and "game hogs" were to be dealt with in similar fashion. Leopold soon came to realize that proper game management was far more complex than he had initially thought and that some of the more simplistic remedies, such as predator control, were based on erroneous assumptions.

There was much truth to this analysis, particularly with respect to big game. The standard remedy, which Leopold accepted completely at the time, was to protect game animals from their enemies. Three prescriptions were in vogue: first, to get rid of the "game hogs"poachers and market hunters who took an inordinate share of the game; second, to establish a system of strategically situated game refuges where game animals could multiply unimpeded and spread to adjacent hunted areas; and third, to eradicate varmints, those predatory animals that prevented the game from recouping their numbers.

This is the Chamberlain-Hayden game refuge bill. Everybody wants refuges, especially the stockmen. Unless something is done to establish them, however, and that quickly, the only alternative will be to close up the present open season on deer and turkey absolutely. One of the sources of serious danger to Arizona's game exists in the misleading statements sent out to the public exaggerating the amount of game in different localities. " Sometimes, of course, this is true, but more often it is not.

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