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Conservation
Engrave this Quote The practice of conservation must spring from a conviction of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right only when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the community, and the community includes the soil, waters, fauna, and flora, as well as people.
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-Aldo Leopold
Engrave this Quote The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.
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-Aldo Leopold
Engrave this Quote We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
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-Aldo Leopold
Engrave this Quote The shrinkage in the flora is due to a combination of clean-farming, woodlot grazing, and good roads. Each of these necessary changes of course requires a larger reduction in the acreage available for wild plants, but none of them requires, or benefits by, the erasure of species from whole farms, townships, or counties. There are idle spots on every farm, and every highway is bordered by an idle strip as long as it is; keep cow, plow, and mower out of these idle spots, and the full native flora, plus dozens of interesting stowaways from foreign parts, could be part of the normal environment of every citizen.
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-Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There - Idle Spots pp. 47-48., 1948, Oxford University Press, New York, 1987
Farming
Engrave this Quote There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. To avoid the first danger, one should plant a garden, preferably where there is no grocer to confuse the issue. To avoid the second, he should lay a split of good oak on the andirons, preferably where there is no furnace, and let it warm his shins while a February blizzard tosses the trees outside. If one has cut, split, hauled, and piled his own good oak, and let his mind work the while, he will remember much about where heat comes from, and with a wealth of detail denied to those who spend the weekend in town astride a radiator.
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-Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Seasons
Engrave this Quote One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.
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-Aldo Leopold

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