Written by Al Sample In his seminal essay on The Land Ethic, Aldo Leopold noted that in the field of conservation there is “a single plane of cleavage. . . . one group (A) regards the land as soil, and its function as commodity-production; another group (B) regards the land as biota, and its function…

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Nearly 50 forest stewards from six states came to La Crosse, WI last month to discuss the important and complicated issue of forest restoration in the bluffs and bottomlands of the Upper Mississippi. It is hard to overstate the importance of the Mississippi River and its floodplain forests to commerce, wildlife, and the social fabric of this country. We focused this meeting on the restoration of bottomland forests…

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