Release Date: Tue, Apr 3, 2012

Environmentalist Aldo Leopold's Life and Continuing Influence Explored in New Documentary on WPT

For More Information:Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364 or [email protected] Ernst, WPT promotion manager, 608-265-3853, [email protected]    A new documentary, airing 8 p.m. Friday, April 20 on Wisconsin Public Television, explores Aldo Leopold's life in the early part of the 20th century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time shares highlights from Leopold's life and career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the 20th century and continues to inspire people today. Green Fire illustrates his continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Viewers will meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration, and ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes in cooperative community conservation efforts. They also will meet wildlife biologists who are bringing back threatened and endangered species while portraying how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land ties all of these modern conservation stories together. WPT will encore Green Fire at 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV/Madison, WPNE-TV/Green Bay, WHRM/TV-Wausau, WLEF-TV/Park Falls, WHLA-TV/La Crosse and WHWC-TV/Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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