Thinking Like a Mountain

September 14, 2015

We recently honored Hugh Archer for his 10 years of outstanding service as executive director of the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust. Hugh was a founding member of KNLT in 1995 and became director in 2005. KNLT Board Chair Marc Evans presented Hugh a picture of a green-eyed wolf. This image was originally created for our booth at one of the Festival of Faith events with the theme sacred fire. The green-eyed wolf is an illustration of a passage from Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, published in 1948. One of the sections is titled Thinking Like a Mountain:

“In those days we had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf. In a second we were pumping lead into the pack, but with more excitement than accuracy; how to aim a steep downhill shot is always confusing. When our rifles were empty, the old wolf was down, and a pup was dragging a leg into impassable side-rocks.

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.”

Hugh truly thinks like a mountain and has long been a visionary of land conservation not only for Kentucky but for the region and nation. It is an honor to have him leading our efforts at KNLT.

Posted on 14 September, 2015 in: blog

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