JEMEZ SPRINGS — The National Park Service wants to hear from the public as it considers a zoning approach to help guide future planning and management decisions at Valles Caldera National Preserve.
“Public and tribal feedback and engagement are important at this early phase and will help guide how we define and plan future management at Valles Caldera National Preserve,“ Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “Our goal is to preserve and protect fundamental resources and values within the park while enhancing sustainable visitor access, experiences, and opportunities.”
Valles Caldera National Preserve created three draft zoning options to guide future planning and management. Management zoning aims to balance how the park supports visitor services and recreational opportunities with the stewardship of the special natural and cultural resources and values that bring people to experience the park.
Zoning describes the desired future resource conditions and visitor experiences to be reached and maintained in geographically distinct areas of a park. It includes considering the types of management activities and visitor uses, and general types and levels of development that are appropriate and compatible in a given area. Zoning does not propose specific developments; rather, it is used to guide future planning and decision-making.
The park is planning two virtual townhall meetings at 1 p.m. MT, April 20 and at 5:30 p.m. MT, April 22 to give the public a chance to ask questions and learn more. Additional information on this zoning effort, and links to the public meetings can be accessed on the project website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/VALL_zoning.
The comment period is April 9 to May 5. The public may submit thoughts through the project website.