Valles Caldera Trust Invites Public Input On Stewardship Plan

Meander Cutoff Work. Photo by Van Clothier

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan).

The Stewardship Plan proposes a 10-year strategy for the restoration and stewardship of the forest, grassland, shrubland, and riparian ecosystems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Proposed activities include, forest thinning, wildland fire management, road closure, decommissioning, maintenance and repair; riparian restoration, erosion control, burned area rehabilitation, and noxious weed eradication and control.

The DRAFT EIS was released in August of 2013 for a 45-day public review and comment period.  Based on the comments received, minor changes were made to the draft document.  Those changes and a complete record of the comments received and our responses are provided in appendices.

The appendices and the FEIS for the Stewardship Plan can be viewed or downloaded in their entirety or in individual chapters (smaller files). The Trust recommends an initial review of the Executive Summary  and/or the Appendices to determine which sections of the FEIS readers may want to review in detail. Readers can also view the entire Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan .

Hard copies have been distributed to the following public libraries: Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, Espanola, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Loma Colorado (Rio Rancho), New Mexico State Library (Santa Fe), Santa Fe, and White Rock. Location information for these libraries is available at A hard copy may also be viewed at the offices of the Valles Caldera Trust, 090 Villa Louis Martin, Jemez Springs.

Additional comments on this or any activities of the Trust can be sent via email to: or surface mail to: The Valles Caldera Trust, P.O.Box 359, Jemez Springs, NM 87025.  

For more information, contact the project leader, Marie Rodriguez at 505.661.3333 or email

The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the Valles Caldera National Preserve, formerly the privately owned “Baca Ranch.” The 88,900 acre property is located in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico. It was purchased by the federal government in 2000 under the Valles Caldera Preservation Act. The property is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering stream, remarkable scenery and science based adaptive management. More information about the preserve can be found at

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