Aldo Leopold Quote
We are touring the Ozarks. Here is an abandoned field in which the ragweed is sparse and short. Does this tell us anything about why the mortgage was foreclosed? About how long ago? Would this field be a good place to look for quail? Does short ragweed have any connection with the human story behind yonder graveyard? If all the ragweed in this watershed were short, would that tell us anything about the future of floods in the steam? About the future prospects for bass or trout?
"Natural History: The Forgotten Science" ; Published in Round River, Luna B. Leopold (ed.), Oxford University Press, 1966, p. 62.