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The Aldo Leopold family leaves a legacy in Wisconsin

The Aldo Leopold family leaves a legacy in Wisconsin

The legacy of Aldo Leopold and his daughter will live on with this week's celebration focusing on the ethical relationship between people and nature through his family's Baraboo-based foundation

March 4, 2024 5:12 PM CDT

By: Teri Barr

The legacy of Aldo Leopold and his daughter will live on with this week’s celebration focusing on the ethical relationship between people and nature through his family’s Baraboo-based foundation

It is officially Aldo Leopold Week in Wisconsin. And while the work of the legendary conservationist is being celebrated, the life of his last surviving child is being remembered.

Professor Estella Leopold died a few days ago. The youngest of five, she grew up, went to college, and taught in Madison. And if you look around her hometown, you’ll find Leopold Elementary School in the city, Leopold Residence Hall on the UW-Madison campus, and The Leopold Nature Center in Monona. All are tributes to Aldo Leopold, who remains one of the Badger State’s most influential residents.

But Estella was influential in her own right.

Though her Dad was a soil advocate, she followed in his footsteps to become a Botany specialist. Years later, Estella ended up moving to Seattle where I had the wonderful opportunity to interview her. She told me the family created the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo to keep the mission alive.

“We have to continue to tackle conservation and land use in a sustainable manner,” Estella said. “And we have to do this before it’s too late.”

LISTEN HERE: Teri joins The Maggie Daun Show, and talks with Maggie about her time with Estella, the beauty of Wisconsin parks, and they share their favorite childhood memories of camping and nature

Her teachings and encouragement mean the next generation can carry on the tradition set by her family long ago.

Professor Estella Leopold was 97 years old.

Find more information and ways to enjoy Aldo Leopold Week, here.

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