BYLT shines a light on conservationist Aldo Leopold during film screening in Nevada City

Submitted by Laura Petersen

Next week, join Bear Yuba Land Trust for a film screening of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time” a documentary that sheds light on the conservationist’s career and his profound influence on the modern environmental movement.

“Bear Yuba Land Trust is pleased to present this documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, the grandfather of the modern land ethic. Leopold’s ideas remain the guiding principle in land stewardship for BYLT,” said BYLT’s Outreach Assistant Annette Glabe.

Part of BYLT’s ongoing Armchair Trek lecture and education series, the film screening will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Madelyn Helling Library. There is a $10 suggested donation.

“Green Fire” is the first full-length documentary film ever made about the legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. A conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast, Aldo Leopold is best known for his collection of essays published a year after his death, “A Sand County Almanac.”

Published in 1949 as the finale to “A Sand County Almanac,” Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” essay is a call for moral responsibility to the natural world. At its core, the idea of a land ethic is simply caring: about people, about land and about strengthening the relationships between them.

The film, “Green Fire” has garnered numerous awards including an Emmy Award, a Telly Award and a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Partner Biologist Kelly Weintraub from Point Blue Conservation Science and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be on hand during BYLT’s Armchair Trek to inform folks of local Aldo Leopold-inspired land stewardship resources available to land owners in Nevada County.

Weintraub works with landowners to provide technical assistance and long term monitoring of private rangelands and forest lands to improve the health of soils and vegetation and conduct bird surveys as an indicator of wildlife habitat.

“One of our goals is to encourage Leopoldian land stewards,” said Weintraub. “We have rights on our lands and we also have responsibilities to the people that will come after us. I think the land ethic as described by Leopold is an important message to share with our community.”


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