Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New "Green Fire" film on Aldo Leopold to be shown Oct. 20

HOUGHTON -- Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in G002 Hesterberg Hall and Atrium, Michigan Tech Forestry Building.

The film will be followed by refreshments and discussion with Dr. Stan Temple, a distinguished ecologist and fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This is the first Copper Country showing of this new documentary film. Free admission; $3 suggested donation.

The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.

Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold’s conservation ethic, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation. The film draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community.

The high-definition film utilizes photographs, correspondence, manuscripts and other archival documents from the voluminous Aldo Leopold Archives as well as historical film and contemporary full-color footage on location, including landscapes that influenced Leopold and that he in turn influenced.

The film also features commentary and insight from some of today’s most recognized and credible scholars and conservation leaders, including three of Aldo Leopold’s children -- Nina, Carl, and Estella -- Leopold scholars, noted environmental writers, scientists, humanities experts, public policy leaders, business leaders, and leaders of non-profit groups inspired by Leopold.

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This event is sponsored by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Keweenaw Land Trust and the Keweenaw Unitarian Fellowship.

For more information, contact David Flaspohler in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences at Michigan Tech (906-487-3608 or or Joan Chadde with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (at or 487-3341.)

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