In 1900, Gifford Pinchot and Henry S. Graves founded the Yale School of Forestry, where Leopold began his studies to become a professional forester in 1906. At Yale, Leopold was indoctrinated in the resource management principles of forestry espoused by Pinchot. Following his graduation in 1909 Leopold took a position with the U.S. Forest Service, and was assigned to the Apache National Forest in Arizona, although he soon developed a dislike for serving as a “tie-pickler or timber tester” for loggers. Over the next fifteen years, Leopold held a series of Forest Service positions, primarily in the Southwest, where he also wrote and lectured widely on conservation, honing the scientific and rhetorical expertise that is so evident in his later writings on conservation. In 1933, Leopold published Game Management, an authoritative textbook on wildlife conservation and then accepted a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin’s newly established department of game management, a position he held up to his death. Two years later, Leopold became one of the founders of the Wilderness Society, and purchased an abandoned farm in one of the “sand counties” of Wisconsin. At this farm, Leopold put his principles of conservation and ecology into practice, as he and his family worked to reestablish an ecosystem that had been devastated by inefficient farming practices and drought. On April 14, 1948 Leopold died from a heart attack suffered while helping neighbors battle a prairie fire on a nearby farm.
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