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US Forest Service, Partners Win Emmy for ‘Green Fire’

Aldo Leopold Movie Receives Award For Best Historical Documentary

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Posted by: Tiffany Holloway, Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service

And the Emmy goes to …

The U.S. Forest Service, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Center for Humans and Nature have partnered to produce the documentary “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.”

The film recently received a regional Emmy® award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The film is airing on public television in Wisconsin, and will be distributed nationally starting in April 2013.   Since its premiere in February 2011, it has screened at more than 2,000 venues in the United States and around the world.

“This prestigious recognition is an honor because it recognizes the time and talent invested by the project team, but also because it affirms the power and relevance of Leopold's vision,” said Buddy Huffaker, executive producer of “Green Fire” and president of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Leopold, who died in 1948, helped to shape modern conservation science, policy, and ethics.  “Green Fire” explores Leopold’s life and career, and also his contemporary influence. “Green Fire” is the first feature-length documentary about the conservationist.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television. It is best known for its Daytime and Primetime Emmys, but also recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting.

“This is a significant milestone on the path to a more ethical relationship between people and land. We were thrilled the film is getting well-deserved attention,” said Rett Nelson, vice-chair of the Aldo Leopold Foundation Board of Directors.

Leopold is best known for “A Sand County Almanac,” a collection of essays published in 1949, a year after his death. Since its publication, more than two million copies have been sold.  The concluding essay, titled “The Land Ethic,” defined a new relationship between people and nature and set the stage for the modern environmental movement.

“As a society, we are just now beginning to realize the depth of Leopold’s work and thinking,” said Mike Dombeck, former chief Forest Service, professor of Global Environmental Management University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a University of Wisconsin System Fellow of Global Conservation.

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See the movie trailer here.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is playing in communities all over the country.  Click here to find a screening near you.


“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
- Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain, A Sand County Almanac