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Jasper Forest is a valley in the Petrified Forest National Park that was once covered with petrified wood. The petrified wood was encased in the bluffs that surround the valley, and when erosion removed the softer rocks, the petrified logs tumbled and accumulated on the valley floor.
The valley was once filled with fallen logs, but commercial collectors plundered it in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collectors would then sell the petrified wood as souvenirs. Outrage against the plundering of Jasper Forest helped lead to the establishment of Petrified Forest as a National Monument in 1906.
Jasper Forest got it’s name from the opaque reddish-brown color of the petrified wood found in the valley.