Green Fire Movie at Flanders Nature Center

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A screening of “Green Fire,”  the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist, Aldo Leopold will take place on August 10 at 7:00 p.m. at The Studio at Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, 5 Church Hill Road.

            Considered by many as the father of wildlife management and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast.

Born in 1887 and raised in Burlington, Iowa, Leopold graduated from the Yale Forest School in 1909 and pursued a career with the US Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico. In 1922, he was instrumental in developing a proposal to manage the Gila National Forest as a wilderness area, which became the first such designation in 1924.

            Following a transfer to Wisconsin, Leopold accepted a position as professor  at the University of Wisconsin. The Leopold family initiated their own ecological restoration experiment on a worn-out farm along the Wisconsin River, planting thousands of pine trees and restoring the prairies.

            A prolific writer, Leopold conceived of a book geared for general audiences examining humanity’s relationship with the natural world. A year after his death in 1948, that book, A Sand County  Almanac, was published. With  more than two million copies sold, it is one of the most respected books ever published about the environment.

            The movie, “Green Fire” was produced in partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature and the U.S. Forest Service. The movie describes the formation of Leopold’s idea of a

land ethic, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all areas of conservation. The film utilizes photographs, correspondence, manuscripts and other archival documents from the Leopold Archives, as well as interviews with environmental leaders  and contemporary, full-color location footage, including landscapes that influenced Leopold.

            Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. For more information about the film, visit www.greenfiremovie.com.

            The cost for the film  is $8 per person or $6 for Flanders’ members.

Due to limited space, registration is required. To register or for more information, call Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust at (203) 263-3711 or email flanders@flandersnaturecenter.org.



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