We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive
Harmony with the land is like harmony with a friend. You cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say you cannot have game and hate predators. The land is one organism.
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
The richest values of wilderness lie not in the days of Daniel Boone, nor even in the present, but rather in the future.
We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization.
Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow... the creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible.
Man always kills the things he loves, and so we the pioneers have killed our wilderness. Some say we had to. Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?
A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise
The art of land doctoring is being practiced with vigor, but the science of land health is yet to be born.
One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. And ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.
To keep every cog and every wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.
That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.
In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left