NMSU to celebrate Aldo Leopold's Southwest arrival


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 a conference Labor Day weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Aldo Leopold's arrival in the Southwest.

"In the Footsteps of Leopold," is scheduled for Sept. 5-7 in Nutrioso, Ariz., where Leopold began his career in the forest service. NMSU is organizing the event as part of its Year of Sustainability effort.

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.

…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