Conservation Honor for Editorial Cartoonist Tom Toles

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By: E&P Staff

Editorial cartoonist Tom Toles will receive The Wilderness Society’s Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing tomorrow night in Washington, D.C.

The award is presented annually to an editorial writer who has produced strong editorials making the case for protecting America’s remaining wildlands. Toles, of The Washington Post and Universal Press Syndicate, is the first cartoonist to receive the honor.

Toles “has creatively illustrated a conservation message on a range of topics, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, forest roadless areas, snowmobile use at Yellowstone, endangered species, energy policy, and the rush to log national forests after fires,” said Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows in a statement.

The cartoonist — who’s married to Gretchen Saarnijoki, a parks-preservation activist — is directing a $1,000 grant that comes with the award to the nonprofit Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Toles worked for The Buffalo (N.Y.) News for many years before joining the Post in 2002.

Aldo Leopold founded The Wilderness Society in 1935 and authored “A Sand County Almanac,” a seminal work in conservation literature.

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