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State trail network named for noted conservationist

Wisconsin's network of 42 state trails has been renamed in honor of the legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill which puts the new name on all 1,728 miles of the trail system.

Leopold's daughter, Nina Leopold Bradley, was on hand Tuesday at a dedication ceremony in Monona.

Doyle said the trail system preserves Wisconsin's natural areas while making them available for folks to enjoy.

Leopold is considered the father of modern-day ecology. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and was a professor of wildlife management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He died in 1948, just before his landmark book "A Sand County Almanac" was released. It called for a new land ethic in dealing with nature.

The Leopold family retreat near Baraboo was the basis for many of Aldo's writings.