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UW-Madison celebrates conservationist Aldo Leopold

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MADISON (WKOW) – Conservationist Aldo Leopold is being celebrated this weekend by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A daylong public reading from Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac" will be hosted by the UW-Arboretum this Saturday.  A range of people will read essays about Leopold's conservation philosophy and his observations of plant and animal life cycles.  Leopold's granddaughter, Madelyn Leopold, will also read an essay at the event.

The first weekend in March is always chosen for this special event because March 4, 1948 is the date Leopold added to the book.  It was the last piece of writing he contributed to the book.  Leopold died six weeks later from an apparent heart attack.

Leopold archive materials and artifacts will be on display in the reading room.  There will also be a free "Walk with Leopold" tour on Sunday.  Leopold was the arboretum's first research director.

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