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Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's LabThe Emergence of Environmentalism$
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Michael Lannoo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264786

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264786.001.0001

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The Shack

The Shack

(p.47) Chapter Six The Shack
Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

Michael J Lannoo

University of California Press

Aldo Leopold's book, Game Management, was well received, especially among scientists, conservationists, and sportsmen. With this book, he not only created an entirely new academic discipline. On June 26, 1933, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation approved $8,000 per year for five years to support a game management program, and Leopold also finagled the first-ever academic appointment in wildlife biology, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Leopold followed up Game Management by putting his ideas into action. He first leased, then bought, eighty acres on the Wisconsin River, just north of Baraboo and east of the Wisconsin Dells. The place had a shack—an old chicken coop—where Leopold and his family began spending weekends. Here, he wrote essays, many of which became his second book, A Sand County Almanac. At the Shack, Leopold and his children kept a journal. Entries to the Shack journals were made in pencil.

Keywords:   Aldo Leopold, Game Management, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, wildlife biology, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin River, shack, A Sand County Almanac, journals

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