On Friday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m., the Goose Creek Association (GCA), the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV), the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT), and the Hill School Alumni Association will host a free screening of a new film called Green Fire, the first full-length, high definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.
The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.
“Aldo Leopold has left an astounding legacy. Thousands of organizations across the nation and hundreds here in Virginia, including the Goose Creek Association, the Land Trust of Virginia, and the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, are following his lead. It’s interesting to see how Leopold repaired riparian buffers on his land like GCA is doing today with our Goose Creek Challenge Program,” said GCA Chair Lori Keenan.
“Our work is Leopold’s work,” said LTV Executive Director Don Owen. “Land trusts have protected more than 16 million acres of land in the United States, including more than 30% of the farm and forest land in western Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties. These lands, and the water resources, wildlife, battlefields, and historic resources on them, are one of the most important gifts we can give to future generations.”
Green Fire illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Viewers will meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration, ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties and wildlife biologists across the nation who are bringing back threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, to the landscapes where they once thrived.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the twentieth century and still inspires people today. Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist, and wilderness advocate.
If you come: October 12, 7:00 p.m., Middleburg, Virginia, at The Hill School at 130 South Madison Street in Middleburg, Virginia, 20117. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Download the flier here: Green Fire