Igniting the Green Fire: Finding Hope in Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic 
  Presented by Point Reyes Books

Date: March 15, 16 and 17, 2013
Location: Point Reyes Station, California
Cost: Full weekend - $200 - Includes six panels, three meals, a field trip and a good time.


The Father of the  Modern Conservation Movement Inspires Weekend Gathering in West Marin

Point Reyes Books and the Geography of Hope events will present the first West Coast gathering of the world's foremost experts on the life and legacy of conservationist Aldo Leopold and the only opportunity to meet and hear from the creators and stars of Green Fire, the award-winning film about Leopold.

In the tradition of past Geography of Hope conferences, the weekend features spirited conversations and presentations by a unique and lively mix of prominent authors, naturalists, and conservation leaders. This year they include
Aldo Leopold biographer Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold scholars Baird Callicot and Lauret Savoy, former Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Paul Johnson, Aldo Leopold Foundation director Buddy Huffaker, Quivira Coalition executive director Courtney White, U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon, poet Robert Hass, authors Gary Nabhan and John Francis, and Center for Whole Communities founder Peter Forbes (partial list). They’ll examine Leopold’s legacy as a basis for hope and a model for effective conservation action.

Naturalist-led field trips to Point Reyes National Seashore will
allow participants to experience Leopold’s land ethic firsthand on some of the 71,000acres of wilderness and ranch lands that comprise the park. Meals served during the weekend will feature food from Marin’s farms and ranches.

Register now to be part of
this rare and special opportunity which features conversations and presentations by prominent authors and conservation leaders, as well as naturalist-led field trips to surrounding park lands and local farms.Participants will examine the life and legacy of Leopold as a basis for hope and a model for effective action. Co-sponsored by Point Reyes Books, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the U.S.Forest Service, American Forest Foundation.

About Aldo Leopold
A conservationist, forester, philosopher,educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast, Aldo Leopold is regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the twentieth century. The author of Sand County Almanac, Leopold’s legacy continues to inform and inspire us in West Marin where his themes of community-based conservation and a land ethic are manifest in our preserved park lands and protected farmland.

About the Geography of Hope
Since 2008,the coastal village of Point Reyes Station, California, has been home to one of northern California’s most exceptional literary festivals. Founded and presented by Point Reyes Books, Geography of Hope takes its name from Wallace Stegner’s description of wild landscapes as part of our “geography of hope.”The 2012–13 Geography of Hope events explore the overall theme of Practicing the Wild
not only with respect to the natural world, but also as an inextricable part of human character and culture.

Conference Sponsorship

Attendee fees cover only a portion of the cost of the Geography of Hope Conference. If you or your organization would like to be part of this unique event as a sponsor, please contact Steve Costa for details at 415-663-9480 or stevegcosta@gmail.com

 for a sponsor packet.

Conference Scholarships

A small number of partial scholarships are available. Contact suzannedconey@gmail.com for details.


Conference Volunteers

Volunteer at the conference and get free admission to certain events.  Contact alexporrata@mac.com for details.

Want to know more about Aldo Leopold? Point Reyes Books can order any of these titles for you:

 A Sand County Almanac
Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology                                                                 Aldo Leopold and Curt Meine
(Will be available at the GOH Conference prior to national release later in March, 2013!)

 The Essential Aldo Leopold
Quotations and Commentaries
Edited by Curt D. Meine and Richard L. Knight


The River of the Mother of God
And Other Essays by
Aldo Leopold
Edited by Susan Flader and J. Baird Callicott

Aldo Leopold

His Life and Work

Curt Meine

Game Management
Aldo Leopold
With a new Foreword by Laurence R. Jahn

Prairie Time
The Leopold Reserve Revisited

John Ross and Beth Ross


Additional bibliographic information at: www.aldoleopold.org

 Download a free 45-minute audio driving tour of West Marin’s ranch lands
"An Abundant Land"  produced for Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

Listen to a reading of Sand County Almanac on

West Marin Community Radio KWMR