D i e t m a r S c h n e i d e r -H e c t o r "The original southwestern wilderness was the scene of several important chapters in our national history. . . . It has a high and varied recreational value. . . ." It demands that "a good big sample of it should be preserved." --Aldo Leopold, Journal of Forestry, 1921 Aldo Leopold Wilderness is a special place, perhaps sacred as well as inspirational, which protects "a ruggedly beautiful country" in southwestern New Mexico. This congressionally designated wilderness of 202,016 acres is managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), which is also responsible for administering the Gila National Forest within which Aldo Leopold Wilderness is situated. The administrative histories of Aldo Leopold Wilderness and Gila National Forest are interwoven as a result of Department of Agriculture regulations and by public law. Administratively, Aldo Leopold Wilderness began as the eastern portion of the Gila Wilderness Area (1924), then became the Black Range Primitive Area (1933), and finally emerged as Aldo Leopold Wilderness (1980). This long, arduous, and occasionally confusing administrative evolution explains the efforts to provide enhanced federal protection for a
Journal of the Southwest – Southwest Center (Univ of Arizona)
Published: Apr 2, 2009
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