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  1. Think Like a Mountain at Devil’s Den State Park

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    May 3, 2012 by Devils Den

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    Devil’s Den State Park invites you to come and learn how to “THINK LIKE A MOUNTAIN” May 18-20 during a weekend of fun for the whole family while you discover and celebrate nature. The weekend event will feature nature programs and outdoor activities as well as programs that honor the life and times of Aldo Leopold. Leopold is considered by many to be the modern-day father of wildlife management and the conservation movement. He was a forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. In an essay called “Thinking like a Mountain” from his A Sandy County Almanac book, Leopold describes an encounter with a wolf while hunting the predator that later in life caused him to rethink his ideas of the importance that large predators play in the balance of nature and of whole ecosystems. He describes eloquently in the essay how the mountains surrounding the area had witnessed firsthand what happens when nature is forced out of balance by man. During his life Leopold was also credited with creating the Land Ethic principle, which is used today by most land managers and agencies. In the “The Land Ethic” from his book, he wrote: “There is a need for a …

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