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My Favorite Lecture with Dr. Richard L. Knight, Warner College of Natural Resources

Dr. Richard Knight
“The Wisdom of the Sierra Madre: Apaches, Leopold, and the Land Ethic”
Aldo Leopold is considered by many to have been the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th century. Leopold’s legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, private land management, landscape esthetics, and environmental ethics. Most widely known for his “land ethic” and as the author of A Sand County Almanac, his influence continues to shape contemporary conservation thinking. What life’s experiences were essential for him in developing the land ethic? I will address one of these, the incident that caused him to write, “…that all my life I had seen only sick land whereas Mexico's Sierra Madre was a biota still in perfect aboriginal health.”
Dr. Richard Knight is interested in the nexus of land use and land health in the American West. A professor of wildlife conservation at Colorado State University, he received his graduate degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin. While at Wisconsin he was an Aldo Leopold Fellow and conducted his research at Aldo Leopold's farm, living in "The Shack." Before becoming an academic he worked for the Washington Department of Game developing the nongame wildlife program. Presently, he sits on a number of boards including the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the Quivira Coalition, the Science Board of the Malpai Borderlands Project, the Diablo Trust, the Rancher’s Stewardship Alliance, Resources First Foundation, Tejon Ranch Conservancy Science Advisory Panel, and The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Council. For 16 years he sat on the Board of Editors for Conservation Biology and is presently on the Board of Editors for Ecological Applications. He was selected by the Ecological Society of America for the first cohort of Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows which focus on leadership in the scientific community, communicating with the media, and interacting with the business and corporate sectors. He has published over 175 papers and book chapters and has co-authored or co-edited 10 books. In 2007 Colorado State University honored him with the Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching award. He is a three-time recipient of the students’ choice for Outstanding Faculty Member in the Warner College of Natural Resources. He has edited or authored 10 books. In 2008 he was a recipient of the Colorado Book Award for an anthology and, with Courtney White, in 2009 edited Conservation for a New Generation (Island Press).

URL: http://tilt.colostate.edu/learning/Enrichment/myFave.cfm

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Dates and Times:
March 27, 2012 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
TILT 221
Learn More:
Heather Landers`, 970-491-1324, heather.landers@colostate.edu