Valles Caldera Trust Public Meeting Sept. 24

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) Board of Trustees (Board) will conduct a meeting in public 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Courtyard Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

The agenda will include a summary of 3rd quarter activities, status of the Transportation, Recreation, and Infrastructure Plan (TRIP), review of the fiscal year 2015 budget, plans for winter recreation, review of elk hunt lottery system and presentations by Trust staff.

Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter. Links to the agenda and map to the Courtyard Marriott are posted on the Trust’s website at

The Valles Caldera Preservation Act requires that the trustees meet in sessions open to the public at least three times per year in the state of New Mexico and that any final decision of the board to approve any activity related to the management of the land or resources of the 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. Current members are: Chair Kent Salazar, Albuquerque; Karyn Stockdale, Santa Fe; Catherine Allen, Santa Fe; Dr. Melissa Savage, Santa Fe; Dr. C. Kenneth Smith, Sewanee, Tenn.; Virgil Trujillo, Abiquiu; Maria Garcia, supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest and Jason Lott, superintendent of Bandelier National Monument.

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

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