Amphibian nocturne


This post comes to us from Lynn Montgomery, Chair of the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District. Lynn has lived and worked the land in Placitas since the 1970s. He has been a tireless advocate for the environment and the area’s acequia systems. He is the mayordomo for the Acequia la Rosa de Castilla.

Lynn’s post refers to a 1999 Boston Globe story that you can link to here: Hill Toads Coaxed to Sing Again. Lynn recorded the toad lullaby last night.

This problem has been developing for decades. My former neighbor and good friend Kathy Roberts knew what to do with horses that showed up on the land. This is what should have happened early on. We can’t go back and make it right. It shouldn’t have been. So, we have a royal mess with very messy solutions. We must trek through them as best we can. When we achieve a balance on our lands, then the most important thing is to maintain that. So, we must have an aware and involved public who can do it ongoing. Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District hopes to help establish local organizations to make sure our land stays healthy and productive for future generations.

Some of us, some former foes, have come together simply because we love this exquisite high sonoran desert place where everything is so delicate and precious. Kathy Roberts is my hero. She knew the land better and knew what to do. And did it. I love the toads. They symbolize our ever delightful ecologies that are before us, only if we observe.

It rained yesterday. The toads were singing in the puddle in my driveway all through the night. There aren’t many such puddles where pollywogs can complete to maturity. We need more folks like Kathy Roberts so the toad songs can lull us to sleep, our reward for taking care of the land.

Who we are

Happy two-week anniversary! LOLR was launched a couple weeks ago and we’ve already had over 500 visits to our pages. That tells me we are providing news and information that is of interest to our neighbors. Thank you for visiting, and many thanks for the kind words of support.

We’ve been asked a few times about the origin of Let Our Land Rest. LOLR is not an organization or formal entity. We are a loose-knit group of Placitans who are bound by one thing: a shared love for the land, water, and air of Placitas and the native plants and wildlife that inhabit them. We hold that these elements make up a delicate web of life in our fragile high-desert environment, and that this web has been thrown out of balance by the introduction of feral horses. The blog was launched to explore and explain that view and provide informational updates related to the horse issue. Sometimes we like to have a little fun as well.

Let us know what you think of the content. All you have to do is click on the Contact Us tab and fill out the form. You can also receive updates to your email inbox whenever there is a new post. Just click on the Follow button.

New posts will be appearing regularly. LOLR contributors are working on stories about the science behind feral horse concerns, a look at some local history, and a glossary of terms – that should be fun 😉


Susan and Red


Hi everyone. This is Susan. You may have seen my video on a post from a few days ago. I wanted to share this bit of Placitas horse history with you. I’m on a horse named Red that belonged to Shorty Gibbs and it was taken near his house that was along what is now Rosa Castilla. The road didn’t even have a name back then. I think I was about 8 in this picture, so it was 1958. As a horse-crazy little girl, I really loved Red and couldn’t wait to go see him nearly every weekend. As you can see, my feet don’t reach the stirrups and I remember old Shorty growling it was too much trouble to shorten them up enough and besides I needed to learn to hang on with my knees. Great horse, beautiful memories.

POS fence cut again


A Placitas Open Space (POS) certified trail volunteer discovered a section of cut fence on July 19, 2014. He estimated that it had been cut within 24 hours. This is the second time that section of fence has been vandalized.

The Open Space Trail Volunteer notified the City of Albuquerque Open Space and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. The City dispatched a work crew to repair the fence within a couple days. While working on the fence the city crew was confronted by a neighbor. The encounter was so contentious that the crew foreman requested APD backup from the City of Albuquerque dispatch.

Mike Neas, Open Space Trail Volunteer, tells us how it went down.

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We will be posting two or three times a week on a variety of topics such as pending court cases, horse impact on the land and, due to popular demand, more horse-themed music playlists.

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