Valles Caldera Trust Names Interim Executive Director

Dr. Tim Haarmann

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS–The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees today named Dr. Tim Haarmann interim executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust.

Haarmann will be in charge of day to day operations until the board selects a permanent executive director. The board will conduct a nationwide search to find a qualified replacement for former Executive Director Dennis Trujillo who retired Jan. 3.

Haarmann is currently Operations Division director on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. He is responsible for management of programs including recreation, environmental education, interpretation, facilities, roads, grazing and rangeland management.

“The board is pleased to select Dr. Haarmann as interim executive director,” Board Chair Kent Salazar said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and natural resource management experience to the position. He is a capable administrator and has exhibited the ability to work with various groups of people in a positive manner.”

Haarmann has a BS in Zoology from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Biology (emphasis in Ecosystem Ecology) from the University of New Mexico. He has 21 years experience in natural resources management including the last five years with the trust.

“I am honored by the confidence the board has placed in me,” Haarmann said. “It is my primary job to make sure we ready the preserve for the spring season and strengthen the organization for the new executive director.”

The board is moving as quickly as possible to fill the vacancy, Salazar said.

“We’re going to cast a wide net to find the ideal person for the job,” he said. “This will be a nationwide search to find the very best.”

The trust is not accepting unsolicited resumes at this time. A job description and application information will be released to the public within the next several weeks.

The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the Valles Caldera National Preserve, formerly the privately owned “Baca Ranch.” The 89,000 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 National 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