On Nov. 15, a free presentation of the film Green Fire, Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time; will take place at 6 p.m. at the Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium. Along with this visual biography of Leopold’s life will be a short film commemorating the centennial of the Weeks Act, the federal law that created the Eastern National Forests
The film takes an indepth look at how Aldo Leopold’s life was driven by a love of the natural world and the impact his experiences had on him. It moves on to show how he ultimately affected the outlook and direction of the environmental movement for the past 60-years.
Throughout his life, Aldo Leopold was involved with the natural world. In 1909, he began his career working for the U.S. Forest Service, which was only four years old at that time. From field assignments as a forester to creating the proposal for the administration of the Gila National Forest wilderness area, Leopold worked to protect and enhance the natural world.
His life is examined in this film using photos, letter and historical film footage to allow us to better see just who this man was.
For many, he is remembered as the author of A Sand County Almanac, perhaps one of the most important books in the last 60-years that truly illustrates humankind’s relationship with the natural world. With over 2-million copies in print since it was published in 1949 and having been translated into nine languages. It is considered by many in the environmental movement and academia to be one of the most respected books regarding the environment ever published.
The short film commemorating the Weeks Act takes viewers from the devastation that was common in the eastern forests in the early part of the 20th Century though the restoration and protection of the lands. It is a look at what can be done when government and citizens come together to protect our natural world.
This free presentation is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service – Urban Connections, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Wayne State University Office of Sustainability.
The Community Arts Auditorium is in the Community Arts Center on Wayne State’s main campus at 450 Reuther Mall. It can be accessed from Reuther, Ferry or Gullen malls and from Cass Avenue. Parking is available in Parking Structure 1 on Palmer Street, just west of Cass Avenue ($5.00 cash) and Parking Structure 6 off of Cass and Putman. Metered street parking may also be available.
For a detailed look at just where the Community Arts Auditorium is on the Wayne State Campus go to the Interactive Campus Map. On the right side of the page under the heading Choose Location, click on Venues & Auditoriums, then select Community Arts from the selection in the box to the right. It will provide a highlighted map of the building location and streets. There is also a page of Driving Directions to reach the main campus of WSU.
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