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Aldo Leopold centennial celebration promises great outdoor experience

This Labor Day weekend, enjoy a conference following "In the Footsteps of Leopold," which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Aldo Leopold's arrival in the southwest. The event is scheduled for Sept. 5-7 in Nutrioso, Ariz., where Leopold began his career in the forest service. As part of its Year of Sustainability effort, New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences, through the Southwest Borders Cultures Institute and the Departments of Government and History, is helping to organize and sponsor the event.

Aldo Leopold's contributions to conservation and the environment will be celebrated Sept. 5-7 at a conference titled "In the Footsteps of Leopold" in Nutrioso, Ariz.

Aldo Leopold is considered the "father" of environmental ethics and is credited with inspiring generations of conservation activists through his book "A Sand County Almanac." Leopold helped establish the Gila Wilderness area in 1924, 40 years before the passage of the Wilderness Act. Later, he co-founded the Wilderness Society. As a professor of game management at the University of Wisconsin, he became one of the most influential environmental writers of the 20th century.

"The conference has three parts: A look back at Leopold's legacy; a look forward at the work to be done; and a celebration of the land that helped shape his land ethic," said Russ Winn, associate professor in the government department and one of the conference organizers. Scholars and activists from around the United States will participate in the conference. There also will be hikes, camp-outs and training sessions to get participants out into Leopold's landscape.

Nutrioso is a small community at the base of Escudilla Mountain in the White Mountains on the Arizona/New Mexico border. Leopold made the mountain famous in his essay "Escudilla." In 1984, the top of Escudilla was designated as a wilderness area.

Additional sponsors include the Wilderness Society, the White Mountain Conservation League, and other organizations and local businesses. For more information on the conference, a schedule of events and to register, go to http://leopoldcentennial.org/.