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Leopold Presentation Featured at Grants Arbor Day Celebration

LAS CRUCES - Naturalist Aldo Leopold will be portrayed by actor Richard Bodner as part of a special Arbor Day celebration at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center in Grants, N.M. The performance begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

Bodner's presentation, titled Aldo Leopold: The Good Life - Wild Country, Conservation and Community," will focus on the farmer, forest ranger and naturalist.

Aldo Leopold's vision led to the creation of the nation's first wilderness designation, the Aldo Leopold wilderness in the Gila National Forest of southern New Mexico in 1924," said Mike Cook, coordinator of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project, a program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service that promotes agriculture through tourism.

The presentation is a part of several Arbor Day/Arbor Week activities that will be at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center. Other activities include a presentation on health and fire prevention by the State Forestry office. Free seedlings will be handed out March 7 at 10 a.m.

On the afternoon of March 9, the staff of the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center will plant three cottonwood trees and on the morning of March 10, a Project Learning tree program for children will be given.

The Northwest New Mexico Visitor's Center is located at 1900 E. Santa Fe Ave. For more information on the Aldo Leopold presentation and the Arbor Day/Arbor Week activities, contact the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at (505) 876-2783 or mhagerdon@fs.fed.us. Or you can contact REDTT at (505) 646-8009, or check out their web site at www.nmquest.org.