On April 2, 2011, the Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative (NALMC), Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Northwood Conservation Commission and the Friends of Northwood Meadows State Park hosted the first "Aldo Leopold Day" in New England.
The event was held at Coe-Brown Academy, and attracted over 100 residents of Northwood and surrounding communities. The day was introduced by Carl Wallman of NALMC, and kicked off by Dr. Tom Lee, UNH Associate Professor of Forest Ecology who gave a fascinating presentation about Aldo Leopold's work within the context of the American conservation movement. Local volunteers including Steve Bailey, Harmony Anderson, Richard Moore, Becky Rule, and Steve and Brenna Roy shared readings from Leopold's seminal work A Sand County Almanac.
We then enjoyed a bountiful and delicious potluck supper contributed by many event attendees, more readings from A Sand County Almanac, and a special Leopold cake donated by Hannaford Supermarket. After dinner, the Aldo Leopold Foundation's new movie Green Fire - Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time about his life and work was debuted in its New England premiere. Following the movie, Ellen Snyder introduced Karen Bennett of UNH Cooperative Extension who led an animated group discussion on how Leopold's views on land ethics and conservation can help to sustain communities here in New Hampshire.