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Cowling Arboretum Teams Up with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership to Screen Acclaimed Award-Winning Documentary Film

February 13, 2013
By Jacob Cohn '13

Carleton College will present a special public screening of the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning documentary film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The screening is sponsored by Carleton’s Cowling Arboretum and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, a Northfield-based volunteer organization that works toward “protecting and improving the water quality and natural systems of the Cannon River watershed.” This event is free and open to the public.


“Green Fire” is the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. Influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness conservation, the film explores Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his ‘land ethic’ continues to be applied all over the world today.


Leopold is probably best known as the author of the 1949 conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, which has sold over two million copies. Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist, and wilderness advocate. “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context and validity for his ideas on conservation, and then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world. Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community.


“Green Fire,” produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation in partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature and the U.S. Forest Service, was released in 2011 and won an Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary Film in 2012.


For more information about Aldo Leopold or “Green Fire,” visit or More information on the Cannon River Watership Partnership is available at


For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact Cowling Arboretum Director Nancy Braker at (507) 222-4543 or by email at The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 Third Street East in Northfield.