On Thursday October 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. actor and writer Jim Pfitzer will present the one-man play “Aldo Leopold—A Standard of Change.” The talk will be held in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. As a U.S. Forester, he was instrumental in the creation of our first federally designated wilderness in the Gila National Forest. In 1935, he and his family initiated an ecological restoration experiment on a worn-out farm along the Wisconsin River outside of Baraboo, Wisconsin where they planted thousands of pine trees, and restored prairies. A little more than a year after his death in 1948 Leopold’s collection of essays, A Sand County Almanac, was published. With over two million copies sold, it is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published, and Leopold has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the twentieth century.
“Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change” is a one-man play written by and starring storyteller Jim Pfitzer. Set in one evening in and around the famous Wisconsin Shack that inspired much of his writing, “A Standard of Change” explores the influences and challenges that led Aldo Leopold to penning his widely popular book A Sand County Almanac. As the lights come up, Leopold walks up the path. It has been 64 years since his death, and as many years since he has seen his now historic Shack. Awaiting him are surprises, memories, emotions, and stories to be shared. Leopold invites his audience to join him as he reacquaints himself with his beloved landscape, remembers influential friends and family, quotes from some of his most important writings, and ponders his legacy.
Storyteller, writer, and actor Jim Pfitzer has worked as a naturalist and river guide, lived in Redwood National Park, and traveled the country in an old Volkswagen bus. His personal stories range from too-close-for-comfort black bear encounters, to the significance of sweet tea in southern society. Pfitzer says "he would rather paddle a canoe than drive a car and prefers watching birds to watching television." He has performed and taught workshops from coast to coast.
The presentation is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. It is part of a monthly “Conservation Lecture Series” held at the National Conservation Training Center. For more information please contact Mark Madison at (304) 876-7276 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the lecture series web page at: nctc.fws.gov/history/publiclectures.html