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Another Look at Leopold's Land Ethic

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Leopold's teaching is based on the belief that "the land is one organism." Will an ecosystem collapse if a single species is removed, as would an organism without a single organ? What would happen if all native plants and the animals that depend on them were replaced by a single introduced species? The answer: a sustainable wheat field, without which Leopold would not be able to create his ethic, nor we conduct this discourse.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forestry, School of Forest Resources, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello 71656-3468

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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