December 12, 2014
Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, (505) 412-0020
Jemez Springs, NM- The Valles Caldera Trust has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's passage of legislation transferring management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service:
The Valles Caldera Trust's Board and Executive Director are committed to a smooth transition to National Park Service management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. In addition, the Board of Trustees hopes to see the continuation of the staff-led science-based adaptive management program which oversees the landscape restoration, grazing and hunting programs, among others.
Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust, said, "I am proud of the work of the Valles Caldera Trust's staff who over the past fourteen years initiated highly-successful programs to study, interpret, and restore the Preserve's landscape while developing quality recreational experiences for hikers, bikers, hunters, anglers, and others - visitation which now surpasses 100,000 people annually."
"I look forward to working with the National Park Service during the six-month transition to continue the positive work of the Trust and to ensure a seamless transition for the Trust's employees and visitors alike," added Silva-Bañuelos.