The "father of wildlife management" is now the namesake of the Wisconsin recreational trail system.

The system is now the Aldo Leopold Legacy trail system, named after the noted conservationist and author of "A Sand County Almanac," who died in 1948.

The trail system was dedicated in Leopold's honor Thursday in ceremonies at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.

"With the renaming of the trail system, we celebrate Aldo Leopold as one of Wisconsin's original visionaries, and honor his vision of seeing the natural world as a community to which we belong," said state tourism secretary Kelli Trumble.

There are 1,728 miles of recreational trails in the Aldo Leopold Legacy trail system.

This weekend, people across the country will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, and Wisconsin residents and visitors will be able to go to state trails, parks and forests for free on Sunday during Wisconsin State Parks Open House Day.

To find the nearest state trail, park or forest, go online to www.dnr.wisconsin.gov.

The Capital Times - 6/05/2009 8:20 am

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