Aldo Leopold Biography

Environmental Activist, Journalist (1887–1948)
Environmentalist Aldo Leopold served as director of the Audubon Society in the mid-1930s. He also founded the Wilderness Society.


Aldo Leopold was born January 11, 1887, in Burlington, Iowa. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service (1909–28). In 1924, the country's first national wilderness area was created at his urging. A fervent campaigner for the preservation of wildlife and wilderness areas, Leopold became director of the Audubon Society in 1935. That same year, he founded the Wilderness Society. Leopold died in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on April 21, 1948.

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