This essay examines the work of wildlife biologist Herbert Stoddard, who came to the longleaf pine-grassland forests of south
Georgia in 1924 to study the bobwhite quail, and stayed to develop a method of land management that stressed ecological habitat
over the dominant production-oriented model. Stoddard's major early accomplishments were threefold: He helped to create the
new profession of wildlife management, he fought for the reintroduction of fire in the longleaf-grassland system, and he was
among the first to advocate for ecological diversity in cultural landscapes. His work offers new insight on how conservation
played out regionally, suggesting that we rethink the local elements of national conservation policy.