Aldo Leopold served as the first secretary of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce from 1918-1919. Leopold understood that healthy human communities require healthy natural ecosystems for their well-being. He recognized the economic and ecological importance of the Rio Grande bosque as a natural amenity within Albuquerque.
One of his pet projects was to create a park along the Rio Grande that would be one of Albuquerque’s “greatest assets.”
In 1983 our State Legislature wisely acted on Leopold’s vision by creating the Rio Grande Valley State Park, a 22-mile-long continuous swath of riverside habitat through the heart of Albuquerque.
The legislation’s purpose is “the preservation, protection, and maintenance of the natural and scenic beauty of a designated portion of the Rio Grande and its immediate corridor” – forever.