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Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm
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Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm is located in Wisconsin
Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm
Location in Wisconsin
Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm is located in the United States
Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm
Location in the United States
Nearest city Lewiston, Wisconsin
Area 264 acres (107 ha)
Built 1935
NRHP reference No. 78000082
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 14, 1978
Designated NHLD January 16, 2009

The Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm is a historic farm on Levee Road in rural Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States. The property was acquired in the 1930s as a family summer retreat by the noted conservationist and writer Aldo Leopold and is the landscape that inspired his conservation ethic and the writing of his best-known work, A Sand County Almanac. The property is now owned and managed by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, which provides tours and other educational programs on the property and the adjacent visitors center. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009.

Description and history

The Aldo Leopold Farm is a property of about 264 acres (107 ha) located on the south bank of the Wisconsin River northeast of Baraboo, Wisconsin. The property is roughly rectangular in shape, extending south from the river, and roughly bisected by Levee Road. A visitors' center maintained by the Aldo Leopold Foundation is located about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the property at the junction of Levee and Schemp Roads. The soil in the region is sandy, the result of deposition during the Cambrian Period that was reworked by the Wisconsin glaciation. The former farm is biologically diverse, with floodplain forest and marshland and former fields that have been restored to native prairie. The principal built feature of the farm is the former chicken coop, set midway between Levee Road and the river, where Leopold spent his time; there is also a small outhouse nearby.

Leopold began buying land here in 1935, acquiring more than 150 acres (61 ha) by the time of his death in 1948. The family continued to acquire land until 1970, including a small island in the river. The family then donated the property to the Aldo Leopold Foundation, which now manages it. Leopold's writings on conservation and the environment were significantly influenced by this landscape. A Sand County Almanac, a compilation of his writings, is widely regarded as one of the most influential works on conservationism of the 20th century.

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