Chattanooga storyteller Jim Pfitzer will present “Aldo Leopold-A Standard of Change,” a one-man play, on Jan. 11.

The play will be followed by a celebration of the conservation pioneer’s 126th birthday, complete with live music, cake and a raffle. Both the play and the celebration will be held at Barking Legs Theater, located at 1307 Dodds Ave.


Since Pftizer’s play premiered in April 2012, he has performed it at Bonnaroo; the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Wisconsin; and at venues in West Virginia, Minnesota and North Carolina.

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After the Jan. 11 show, he will hit the road for eight shows in January and February in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

“‘A Standard of Change’brings Leopold’s life and vision of a land ethic into the present and looks to the future for audiences both new to Leopold and those that have long looked to him and ‘A Sand County Almanac’ for guidance and inspiration,”Buddy Huffaker, executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, said in a prepared statement.

Leopold lived from 1887-1948. He was a scientist and forester responsible for creating and implementing environmental policies that he later thought of as misguided and harmful. His ideas and advocacy played an important role in the modern movement for wildlife conservation and management, as well as in the development of land ethic, a concept that recognizes and preserves the value of biodiversity. “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold’s book, laid out his ideas and described his restoration of a degraded farm. It became an environmental classic and has sold 2 million copies.

Pfizer has spent two nights in the small cabin Leopold stayed in while restoring the farm. The land is now managed by the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Wisconsin. One of his January engagements will be at the Leopold Heritage Group in Burlington, Iowa, where he will then spend the night in Leopold’s childhood home.