Petrified Forest National Monument in Arizona …

Petrified Forest National Monument in Arizona was created to preserve, as you  might expect, petrified forests.  

But other things come with this preservation as occurs also in our National Battlefields, Historic Sites, and Recreation areas.   Nature uses these places as her pockets, filled with biodiversity which can later be resown when barren wastelands need to again be fruitful.  For this we are thankful.  Lovely Perdita aridella shown … not petrified.  Photo by Sierra Williams.