By Howard Ensign Evans
The Cache los angeles Poudre River and its tributaries stream during the significant towns of north valuable Colorado. In 1986, an immense part of the pristine Cache los angeles Poudre and its south fork have been extra to the federal Wild and Scenic River method, the 1st river in Colorado to be included.
With its eloquent and infrequently poetic kind, Cache los angeles Poudre explains the typical background of the river basin starting within the tundra of Rocky Mountain nationwide Park and tracing the river 80 miles via a number of lifestyles zones sooner than becoming a member of the South Platte simply east of Greeley.
Arguing convincingly a philosophy of ecological accountability, the authors inform this tale with awesome know-how of the balances in nature and the effect of human intrusion. beautiful element is paid to crops and animals: descriptions of the complicated meanings of birds’ songs, the sexual ritual of bugs, and the struggles among predators and prey elicit bright visualization and an exciting feel of discovery.
An attractive and academic magazine of 2 modern day explorers, Cache l. a. Poudre may well subscribe to the ranks of a few of the simplest environmental books written, together with works by way of Enos generators, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Wendell Berry.
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Others were laid down in freshwater floodplains of the eroding ancestral Rockies. These contain fossils of land animals, including dinosaurs. (Strata bearing dinosaur bones are poorly formed in the Poudre drainage, but near Morrison, Colorado, only about seventy miles away, school teacher Arthur Lakes first found the remains of "superdinosaurs" in 1877. Quite recently, in 1988, a team led by Robert Bakker of the University of Colorado Museum discovered the bones of a huge dinosaur, the "Masonville monster,'' just south of the Poudre drainage.
But their erosion produced vast amounts of sediment that eventually formed sandstones, shales, and limestones. Some of these sedimentary rocks were laid down in shallow seas that once covered the area, as evidenced by the presence of fossils of marine animals in them (for example, at Fossil Creek just south of Fort Collins). Others were laid down in freshwater floodplains of the eroding ancestral Rockies. These contain fossils of land animals, including dinosaurs. (Strata bearing dinosaur bones are poorly formed in the Poudre drainage, but near Morrison, Colorado, only about seventy miles away, school teacher Arthur Lakes first found the remains of "superdinosaurs" in 1877.
788'68dc2090-13076 CIP Page v Contents Preface vii 1. The Setting 1 2. The High Country 21 3. Through Mountain Meadows and Forests 37 4. A Canyon for Everyone 61 5. A Closer Look at the River 95 6. Foothills and Plains 115 7. North Fork and South Fork 141 8. Some Favorite Tributaries 167 9. Some People of the Poudre 191 10. The Cache la Poudre Today 219 References 245 Index 251 Page vii Preface On a map of North America, the Cache la Poudre River is but a wisp of a line running from the mountains of northern Colorado to the South Platte River.