JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) Board of Trustees (Board) will conduct a public meeting 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in Albuquerque.
The meeting is at the Hilton Garden Inn – Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque.
The agenda will include an update on recreation activities planned for the upcoming winter and summer seasons, the status of visitor use and recreation planning, proposed revisions to the Trust’s fee structure, and the development of a wildlife management policy for the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Public comments will be heard during the individual topic discussions and after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter. Links to the agenda and map to the Hilton Garden Inn are posted on the Trust’s website here.
The Valles Caldera Preservation Act requires that the Board meet in sessions open to the public at least three times per year in the state of New Mexico and that any final decisions by the Board related to the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve shall be made in open public session.
The Trust is governed by a nine member board of trustees, seven of whom are appointed by the President of the United States. The Santa Fe National Forest supervisor and Bandelier National Monument superintendent serve as ex officio members. Members are Chair Kent Salazar, Albuquerque; Karyn Stockdale, Pittsburgh, Penn.; Catherine Allen, Santa Fe; Dr. Melissa Savage, Santa Fe; Dr. C. Kenneth Smith, Sewanee, Tenn.; Virgil Trujillo, Abiquiu; Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia and Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.
The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the 88,900-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve, located in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The preserve was purchased by the federal government in 2000 under the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, and it is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering streams, remarkable scenery and science-based adaptive management. More information about the preserve can be found at www.vallescaldera.gov.