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Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.

Baraboo, WI   |  http://www.aldoleopold.org

Mission

The Aldo Leopold Foundation, founded by the children of Aldo Leopold, keeps his legacy alive by promoting the 'Land Ethic' he so eloquently defined. The Foundation actively integrates programs in Land Stewardship, Environmental Education, and Ecological Research to promote care of natural resources and foster an ethical relationship between people and land.
The Foundation strives to save and restore "every cog and wheel" so that the land retains its capacity for self-renewal. Current activities focus on fostering community involvement and preservation on private lands. Programs include restoration and protection of over 15,000 acres through partnerships with more than 30 organizations.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Mr. Buddy Huffaker

Main address

E13701 Levee Road

Baraboo, WI 53913-9727 USA

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EIN

39-1423225

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Our programs

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Fostering a land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold

Building upon the vision Aldo Leopold enunciated in A Sand County Almanac and other works, the Aldo Leopold Foundation actively seeks to promote care of natural resources and foster an ethical relationship between people and land. Field trips for students and adults to the forests, wetlands, and prairies of the original Leopold family farm and 'Shack' provide an outdoor classroom for exploring ecological relationships. The Foundation also sponsors seminars, workshops, and special training programs to provide private landowners and public land managers with the tools they need to achieve their own 'Land Ethic.' Demonstrating this ethic on our own property outside Baraboo, Wisconsin, ALF staff, interns, and volunteers seek to restore the ecological health and integrity of the prairie, oak savanna, woodland, and riparian communities once abundant in this area. Staff also work closely with private landowners to protect and maintain rare prairie and savanna remnants.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program supports fellows at career stages ranging from collegiate to post-graduate to mid-career. Regardless of their stage, all fellows receive a life-enriching experience framed by Aldo Leopold’s call for a respectful relationship between people and land. Explore our various fellowships below!

Population(s) Served

We are committed to ongoing stewardship of the pines, prairies, and floodplain forests that make up the historic Leopold Shack property and surrounding 600 acres.

We also partner with neighboring landowners, agencies, and conservation groups to protect and conserve the larger landscape. Our property is part of the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area (IBA), one of Wisconsin’s reserves for rare and declining grassland birds.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

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Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
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Board chair

Jack Salzwedel

American Family

Term: 2023 - 2026

Estella B. Leopold

Founder

Buddy Huffaker

President

Jack Salzwedel

Chair

Anne "Dede" Neal Petri

Vice Chair

Anne Ross

Secretary

Gail L. Hanson

Treasurer

Steve Bablitch

J. Baird Callicott

Susan Flader

Ron Kuehn

Jay Loewi

Marsha Lindsay

David Moore

Greg Pfluger

Eduardo Santana-Castellon

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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