Valles Caldera Trustees Hold Public Meeting in Los Alamos July 11

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees will conduct a public meeting 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 11 in Los Alamos at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr.

The agenda includes an update on public access and use, planning, a review of post-fire conditions, and the introduction of new executive director, Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. Silva-Bañuelos was named to the post May 28 after the Board completed a nationwide search. He fills the vacancy created when Dennis Trujillo retired in January.

Public comments will be heard after the last report, with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter. Links to the agenda and map to the Trust administrative offices 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 which are appointed by the President of the United States; the Santa Fe National Forest supervisor and Bandelier National Monument superintendent serve as ex officio. 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.; Maria Garcia, supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

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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