Aldo Leopold and the Blue River: An Ironic Legacy (Critical Essay)
Journal of the Southwest 2009, Autumn, 51, 3
Journal of the Southwest
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This article explores the relationship between the people and lands of the Blue River watershed, Arizona--a place known as "the Blue"--and the ideas and legacy of Aldo Leopold, together with the agency he served there, the U.S. Forest Service. This relationship manifests some of the major controversies and ironies inherent in ecological assumptions and intentions in twentieth-century America. The Blue River originates in the mountain country between Alpine, Arizona, and Luna, New Mexico. It zigzags south through the rugged canyons of the Blue Mountain Range and, except for one deviation into New Mexico, keeps to the Arizona side of the border as it flows south. The Blue watershed covers an area roughly twenty miles at its widest east to west, and more than forty miles as the crow flies from its origin in the north to its southern mouth. There the Blue merges with the San Francisco, which after Clifton, Arizona, joins the Gila River. The tributaries of the upper Blue begin in green forests of ponderosa pine, spruce, and fir at about eight thousand feet, while the lower Blue descends to just below four thousand feet in drier country dominated by juniper, cedar and pinyon. The upper Blue watershed receives on average about twenty inches of rain a year; the lower portion, about five fewer inches.
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- Category: Social Science
- Published: 22 September 2009
- Publisher: University of Arizona
- Print Length: 44 Pages
- Language: English