People and the Ojo

River valleys and people have always been connected and especially so in desert areas. Early peoples cultivated crops here, in the Ojo valley, 700 years ago and modern people continue to do so. Humans are capable of altering their environment in ways that only cataclysmic events can match. Because of this, places like the Ojo, are dependent on human interaction.

Standing today, in what centuries ago was a native pueblo, and looking into the valley below, one can hardly imagine the scene it once was. The river meandered through a lush wetland home to moose and other myriad animals. People have frequently imposed their wishes on the land, perhaps some with more grace than others. But there will be no returning to that idyllic view, however people will always hold the key to ensuring that the view that does remain stays in focus.


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