Read A Sand County Almanac for the first time about 32 years ago.
At that time I read it as a hunter, looking specifically for information that would be of value to me as a hunter. I shared the hunter’s lifestyle with Aldo Leopold and wanted to learn more about his philosophy.
I gleaned from the book what I wanted to find and that was it. For years I’ve considered re-reading the book and kept it on my book shelf. It is in very good condition, except for my recent dog ears.
This time, I read this book as a conservationist and it had much more meaning. Now I have more in common with Aldo Leopold (especially at his age at the time he wrote the book) than I did 32 years ago.
Now I understand why his book was so full of meaning and why it is appropriately called a “classic of conservation” by many people.
Leopold’s views on wilderness, land use and recreation are expressed in great detail in the book. He was spot on.
I’m sure I’ll be reading it again, and again.