Aldo Leopold and Les Cheneaux
In 1898, Carl Leopold purchased a summer cottage on Marquette Island, visible from here across Mackinac Bay. His family, including his son Aldo, traveled there each summer from their home in Iowa. Aldo's summers on the island were the start of a lifetime dedicated to the study of nature. His professional career included nineteen years with the U.S. Forestry Service and fifteen years at the University of Wisconsin teaching wildlife management. In his book A Sand Country Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Leopold defined his concept of a land ethic. He believed that people were stewards of the land and that the natural environment should be view as a community, not a commodity.