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If you’re concerned about the military appropriation of an important fossil site, here’s more information. It’s not just some old rocks, it’s a historical and ecologically significant site that’s about to be overrun by a bloated military.

The Picket Wire Canyonlands hold not only the largest dinosaur track site in North America, but the ruins of the Dolores Mission, its graveyard, the ruins of an early ranch, and Native American petroglyphs. The historical, scientific and archaeological value of the canyon cannot be overstated. It is simply priceless and, because entire towns and families are about to vanish, it has been somewhat overlooked. I think it’s time to champion both causes — no expansion into the fragile shortgrass praries of the Comanche Grasslands, no expansion into the Picket Wire Canyon, and no expansion into the ranches and towns that have occupied this region for 150 years. The best way of stopping the expansion altogether is to gain the support of the presidency, and the only way of doing that (since the current president is as amenable to reason and argument as a petrified cabbage) is to get through to the current candidates.

There are also lots of useful links at that site to give you more background.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    May 31, 2007

    I really like the description as a petrified cabbage.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    May 31, 2007

    I really like the description as a petrified cabbage.

  3. #3 Steve Judish
    February 4, 2009

    Me and my friend Tim hiked the canyon yesterday (February 2, 2009). We make it as far as the cemetery before turning back (impending darkness). We will get back to see the dinasaur tracks. What a fantastic and undisturbed place. We even “stumbled” upon two areas of rock art. When a thorough study of this area is made I suspect this site will eventually be known around the world. A true labatory awaits someone out there. That said – if the military gets hold of this area then much will be forever lost. A note to hikers – at 55 years old with a bum leg this hike “kicked my butt.” Take water and leave early. The first part of the hike drops you into the canyon and the rest of the trail is pretty much flat – but eventually takes it’s toll. It’s worth it though! Enjoy.

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