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Posted by Pixadilly (Taos, NM, United States) on 9 August 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Valle Vidal - Carson National Forest, NM
Today's photo and tomorrow's were taken at the Valle Vidal, a magnificent and pristine wilderness that twice almost succumbed to oil and gas exploration. It is a real testament to organized political activity by citizens that these land remained free of exploitation. I'm going to put an extensive quote here from Wikipedia that I hope you find interesting and inspiring:

"Valle Vidal was part of the Maxwell Land Grant until purchased by William Bartlett in 1902. Part of the Vermejo Park Ranch, Valle Vidal became a hunting and fishing preserve for wealthy people and celebrities. In 1973, the Vermejo Park Ranch was sold to the Vermejo Park Corporation, a subsidiary of the Pennzoil company. In 1982, Pennzoil donated the Valle Vidal portion of the ranch to the American public and it became part of the Carson National Forest.[2]

In 2002 the El Paso Corporation petitioned the United States Forest Service for the lease of 40,000 acres (16,000 ha) in the eastern part of Valle Vidal to develop coalbed methane resources, and for extension of the company's coalbed methane production on the Vermejo Park Ranch. The Forest Service declined to reject El Paso's petition despite widespread public opposition to the project. The Coalition for the Valle Vidal was created to oppose mineral leasing and in 2006 the U.S. Congress adopted legislation to prohibit mineral development in the Valle Vidal."

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