Sometimes it’s called the “so what?” factor. Have you made a difference? More than two years ago, we asked ourselves the same question. What impact has the Leopold Center had? What changes can be measured as a result of our investment in research and demonstrations? We selected six areas where the Leopold Center has provided substantial long-term support. In this issue of the Leopold Letter we offer results of this evaluation. We realize it doesn’t provide the full picture, but it’s a start.
OTHER FEATURES: Meet our next Spencer Award winner who has made a difference, and our director offers a tribute to someone else who made a difference, too. Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann asks ‘What really drives science?’ You’ll learn about two water quality projects, one at the ISU research farm near Nashua and another in pastures around Ames. A new machinery-sharing program gets its first test this fall, a new analysis estimates the cost to install and maintain prairie conservation strips, and an educational campaign to teach young people about our natural resources begins work.