If you enjoy the outdoors, today is a day worth celebrating. On this day in 1887, Aldo Leopold was born. If you‘re not familiar, Mr. Leopold is considered the father of modern conservation. Although he’s best known for his essays in the 1940s and the release of “A Sand County Almanac” in 1949, the most important date on Mr. Leopold’s resume might be December 6, 1919. That’s when he and Arthur Carhart, a young landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service, began work on what would ultimately become the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law on September 3, 1964. Today, that landmark conservation bill protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness across the nation. Here in Arizona, we have 4.5 million acres and 90 different wilderness areas. If you do the math, our state ranks fourth in total wilderness. Only Alaska, California and Idaho have more. Among the wilderness areas in Arizona is Escudilla, a place Mr. Leopold worked and wrote about. This photo of Escudilla was made by Jack Dykinga. Sadly, the area was hit hard by the Wallow Fire in 2011. It‘s still worth a visit, though. As are all of our wilderness areas. #nature #wilderness #photography #optoutside #aldoleopold @wildernesssociety @leopoldfoundation
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  • arizonahighwaysIf you enjoy the outdoors, today is a day worth celebrating. On this day in 1887, Aldo Leopold was born. If you‘re not familiar, Mr. Leopold is considered the father of modern conservation. Although he’s best known for his essays in the 1940s and the release of “A Sand County Almanac” in 1949, the most important date on Mr. Leopold’s resume might be December 6, 1919. That’s when he and Arthur Carhart, a young landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service, began work on what would ultimately become the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law on September 3, 1964. Today, that landmark conservation bill protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness across the nation. Here in Arizona, we have 4.5 million acres and 90 different wilderness areas. If you do the math, our state ranks fourth in total wilderness. Only Alaska, California and Idaho have more. Among the wilderness areas in Arizona is Escudilla, a place Mr. Leopold worked and wrote about. This photo of Escudilla was made by Jack Dykinga. Sadly, the area was hit hard by the Wallow Fire in 2011. It‘s still worth a visit, though. As are all of our wilderness areas. #nature #wilderness #photography #optoutside #aldoleopold @wildernesssociety @leopoldfoundation

  • nightborntravelSo beautiful!
  • nakyawaimaI still have that book!
  • homepixphotographyEscudilla Mountain is a special place. I was fortunate to have photographed several spots on the mountain before the fire and then after the Forest Service opened it back up to the public after the Wallow Fire. The fire deviation was heartbreaking but as you state, it's still a magical place that deserves our protection and respect. 👍🏻🌲
  • shellbell5584Cool to know I share a birthday with someone so amazing!
  • katiekesupandmustard💚
  • amigaazThanks for the backstory and thank I goodness for such a visionary 🌲🌵🌳
  • john17_21#Rev21_2 #ThumbButte from #AltaVista #PrescottAZ #ZionMountain highway 89A mile post 332
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