Earth Day Talk Features Valles Caldera Superintendent

Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, National Park Service superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s 2016 Earth Day talk will feature Valles Caldera Superintendent Jorge Silva- Bañuelos, who will talk about the past, present and future of this spectacular national preserve.

The talk is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, and is free and open to the public.

Silva-Bañuelos will discuss the history of the Valles Caldera from its geologic origins to its designation as a unit of the National Park System. He also will share his vision and plans for the short- and long-term future of the preserve.

Silva-Bañuelos was recently selected as the first National Park Service superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve. A native New Mexican, he has served as executive director for the Valles Caldera Trust since July 2014, where he oversaw day-to-day management of the preserve and the transition to the National Park Service.

Before coming to the Valles Caldera, Silva-Bañuelos spent 10 years in Washington, D.C. where he worked for the Department of the Interior, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. While working for Bingaman, he negotiated and authored the legislation to transfer the Valles Caldera to the National Park Service. Silva-Bañuelos earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of San Diego. He enjoys spending time with his wife and seven-month old daughter.

No registration is required his upcoming talk. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.