Results and Accomplishments
Aldo Leopold, forester and wildlife ecologist, purchased an abandoned property on the banks of the
Wisconsin River in 1935. On some of the least promising of lands but with some of the most stirring results, he initiated a turn-around from unprofitable farming to private land protection, wildlife management, and habitat rehabilitation.
Thirty years later, subdivision of floodplain lands close to Leopold’s “Shack” was destroying what Leopold had initiated. Sand County Foundation leaders along with landowner neighbors forged a voluntary alliance creating the 1,900 acre Leopold Memorial Reserve.
Sand County Foundation coordinates Reserve-wide management and ecological research. For nearly forty years the variety of habitats on the Reserve have been dedicated to conservation improvement and education. The lands are used for landowner enjoyment, conservation farming, support of quality research, long-term monitoring of savannas and grasslands, understanding of floodplain ecology, and incentive-based efforts to improve the deer herd and its habitat.