'Fierce Green Fire' showcases 50 years of environmentalism

  • by: Colin Covert , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2013 - 2:49 PM

American naturalist Aldo Leopold wrote of an unexpected encounter with a wolf in his 1948 collection of outdoor essays “A Sand County Almanac.” He instinctively pulled out his rifle and shot the animal. As he stood beside the dying wolf, he saw in her eyes “a fierce green fire.” Her death was a sort of birth for Leopold, the awakening of his ecological consciousness.

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