Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Aldo Leopold is one of the most influential people for both Jordan and me. He has provided inspiration for us to preserve our natural lands and motivated us to inspire others as well.
After writing a ConserVANtion blog about the Aldo Leopold Foundation while home in Wisconsin, I managed to draw in the attention of Les Stroud, better known as Survivorman, on Twitter! This caused a line of events to occur, including Les to perform at Ho-Chunk in conjunction with the Aldo Leopold bi-annual Land Ethic Conference.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation then gave me the amazing opportunity to introduce him on stage before his performance! Unfortunately our footage didn't turn out too well so if you're interested...here is how it went:
Thank you all for coming to support this wonderful foundation. This week we come together to educate one another on land ethics, and to bridge the rural and urban divide.
“Courage is the facing of a challenge with a healthy fear, not being fearless,” this quote from Les Stroud truly reiterates the mindset we must embrace, when facing the challenge of preserving lands for future generations.
Aldo Leopold once said: “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
Tonight, I have the great pleasure of welcoming someone who personifies this quote. Filmmaker, survival expert, musician, and nature-enthusiast-a man who has scaled the snow-covered Rockies, taught survival methods in Patagonia, been stalked by a jaguar in the Amazon, and played a mean harmonica on stage with Journey. Please give a warm welcome, to Les Stroud!
Want to find out more? Check out the Aldo Leopold Foundation's interview with Survivorman! He's an advocate for the environment just like us and a pretty nice guy. It was great to get the chance to talk with him and pick his brain a bit on conservation issues.
Survivorman has single-handedly brought the wilderness to millions of people. He has helped us to see that wilderness areas aren't just spots on maps-they're vivid, thriving landscapes for the survival of thousands of species. Not only that, but Les has shown that nature itself provides and escape for millions of people from everyday stresses and anxieties. Les is a fantastic example of a steward of the Earth, which is exactly what Aldo Leopold embodies.
"Nature is life." -Les Stroud