Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years before he became Commandante of the Fort of Sainte Genevieve and The King of Spain made him Don Francois Valle for saving their Fort San Carlos (now St. Louis).
270 years later as The Valle Mining Company, his 4000+ acre property every year absorbs 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 14,000 tons of oxygen, enough to meet the needs of 63,000 people. [USDA Forest Facts]
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For Wildlife Sake...

Valle Mining Company currently holds 500 acres of its 4500 acre forest in 3 Wildlife Refuges. This 4 year old program has worked surprisingly well. Wildlife now flourishes in all three Refuge areas once mined with black powder and mules. This program relies totally on private funds and volunteers.

Re-establishing wildlife and their habitat is very important. In our lifetime alone, many species of wildlife have become either extinct or endangered. When some of the local Missouri wildlife that we took for granted and enjoyed seeing when we were children disappeared at Valles Mines, we took action. Now, thanks to Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic releasing several relocated species, the animals whose homes were no longer viable in urban areas have a place to call home. Aside from the ground hogs eating our garden their first year, releases have gone well. Word spread apparently and we even had the Mayor of Town & Country come down to see about releasing their extra deer at Valles Mines. We will look forward to that day. We certainly have the room. beavers

If you want to support this wildlife/habitat program alive and someday to expand it, feel free to leave a donation in the 'drop box' of the Paymaster's Shack, 14116 Valles Mines School Road.

For Yourself...

This money is used to help improve habitat. During the drought recently we were able to build an island in the middle of the Upper Lake for the Canada geese migration. We hope you will have the satisfaction of knowing that doing your part for wildlife secures benefits both now and in the future. Bring your children. To fish the Upper Lake see our recreation program or call the Superintendent at 573-631-6875. On sites outside the Refuge Areas, you can reserve private camping tracts up to 375 acres with an annual recreation permit. 4WD or the equivalent may be required to reach the more remote sites. But as we say, "Wet Weather brings mud, so don't waste a trip. Call the Superintendent BEFORE you come".

A small investment...
...with a large return