Otero Mesa: Preserving America's Wildest Grassland

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UNM Press, 2008 - Nature - 92 pages

Full-color images by renowned photographers Stephen Strom and Stephen Capra unite with text by prizewinning nature and geography writer Gregory McNamee to document the subtle landscape of 1.2 million acres of remote Chihuahuan Desert grassland in southern New Mexico. Home to many species of wildlife and native plants, Otero Mesa is a place of extraordinary beauty and ecological significance faced with the increasing threat of oil and gas development that has plagued the Rocky Mountain West.


"It is a strange and empty place, a place whose contours suggest that those who do not know it are best to leave it alone, as those who do know it will do in all events. And, as with all strange and empty places in this increasingly crowded, increasingly monocultural world, Otero Mesa is an important island in our geography of hope, a place that warrants concern and protection. Rightly, for it is very much under threat."--Gregory McNamee inOtero Mesa

 

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The Otero Mesa, in the heart of New Mexico, is one of the few pristine native grasslands remaining in the U.S. Unfortunately, this accidentally-preserved part of the Trans-Pecos is bisected from north ... Read full review

Contents

The View from an Aplomado
1
The View from a Missile
27
Oil
49
Otero Mesa and the Fate of the Land
69
Further Reading
91
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About the author (2008)

Gregory McNamee is the author or editor of numerous books, including "Blue Mountains Far Away," " Grand Canyon Place Names," "A Desert Bestiary," "The Sierra Club Desert Reader," and "Gila: The Life and Death of an American River." His work appears regularly in such publications as Outside, New times, and The bloomsbury Review. McNamee lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Stephen Strom has spent nearly forty years as a research astronomer, most recently serving on the staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson. His photographs have been widely exhibited, and he has collaborated on several books, including Tseyi (Deep in the Rock): Reflections on Canyon de Chelly, coauthored with Navajo poet Laura Tohe.

Following a career in private industry and journalism, Stephen Capra has worked for wilderness conservation since 1988. He has been executive director of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance since 2004.

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