Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years. 274 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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Two 10-acre lakes , the Upper and Lower Lakes,now support largemouth bass and pan fish. The Upper Lake has been compared to marginal Wetland habitat and is visited by Canada geese annually. The Lower Lake is spring fed and the water is capable of supporting trout. In the near future we hope to try to release them. The lands surrounding the lakes now serve as Wildlife Preserves.

With almost 8 sq. miles of forest , we are still mapping the tree stands and trails. And where the old villages stood. Since many trails were made with crushed rock, they are still quite usable today. To see a bigger version of the picture above, Click Here.