June 5, 1989
It wasn't until timber sales planner Jeff DeBonis was transferred to the Willamette National Forest -- the biggest timber-producing national forest in the country -- that what he saw made him open his mouth.
The Gray Ranch stretches north from the Mexican border in the far west corner of the state to take in most of the 45-mile-long Animas Mountains and surrounding desert. Seventy-five species of mammals, more than are found in any national park or wildlife refuge, live in habitats that range from dry grasslands to a forested 8,553-foot-high crest.
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