It was during his time in the forests of Northern New Mexico that Aldo Leopold first formulated his pioneering ideas about the environment. New Mexico continues its kinship with the great conservationist with a state-wide program that engages 6th to 12th graders in ecological issues. The 2017 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest will culminate as part of a special Leopold event on April 23 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Local architect and environmentalist Anthony Anella founded the Writing Contest with the belief that "one of the most effective things we can do is inspire and encourage students who . . . have the potential to influence the way our culture thinks about its relationship with nature."
The contest is just one aspect of the larger, three-part Aldo Leopold Writing Program, and in this longer version of the interview Anthony Anella describes its intergenerational character.