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Got a heads-up on this one from a friend in my local community: Piñon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition. Apparently the US Army is in the process of a land grab that will essentially consume the entire southeastern corner of Colorado – in the process shutting down whole towns and small cities, displacing families (in particular agricultural families that have lived off the land for generations), and threatening valuable archeological sites in the region. First time I’d heard anything about this particular issue.
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Southeastern Colorado is worth preserving – seems strange to me to even have to make that particular statement. The land itself is predominantly semi-arid plains and mesa terrain, used mainly for ranching, and some farming (corn, wheat, sunflower seeds). The residents of the area often come to the Oklahoma panhandle for shopping and the local university (OPSU) recruits a fair number of students from the southeastern Colorado communities. The Oklahoma panhandle will be hurt if the army succeeds in its plans for expansion of the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.
I have colleagues (both past and present) whose research involves the area – usually faculty researching area folklore or archeology. It would be a crying shame if it indeed transpires. If anything we really need to be nurturing rural America rather than endeavor to destroy the communities and the natural resources that support these communities.