Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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In the heart of a 13 million year old volcano crater is now a peaceful meadow. As noted on a nearby sign:

"The American people recently purchased approximately 88,900 acres of spectacular Baca Ranch. This ancient volcano is now the "Valles Caldera Natural Preserve" a unit of the National Forest Service.


The price paid for the Baca Ranch was $101,000,000 including the portion purchased by the Pueblo of Santa Clara. The Land & Water Conservation Fund (L&WCF) was used to purchase the Preserve. Monies deposited in the L&WCF come from offshore drilling royalties and other user fees."

Wow. That's a lot of cash. After driving through it all day, I can say that it's wonderful. But for a hundred million dollars...

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