Valles Caldera Trust celebrates 15 years of accomplishments; Smith to chair final trustees meeting

Professor Ken Smith will chair the final public meeting of the Valles Caldera Trust board of trustees on July 25, 2015, on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The meeting will be followed by the annual storytelling jamboree held as part of the Trust’s weekend-long Preserve Days celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of the passage of the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which established the preserve as federally-protected public land.

The meeting will celebrate the work of 15 years to meet the goals set out by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000. The Trust will hand off management of the preserve to the National Park Service on October 1, 2015.

“As we look forward with great excitement to the next chapter in the preserve’s future, the board would like to recognize the accomplishments of all the staff, volunteers and partners who have worked tirelessly over the past 15 years to study, restore, and educate the public about this unique landscape,” said Smith.

Each year the Trust commemorates the creation of the preserve with the Preserve Days weekend celebration. The Trust will host special activities throughout the weekend, including staff presentations and demonstrations on current and past projects, guided hikes, nature immersion experiences, the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree, and forest monitoring educational programs. 

Members of the Valles Caldera Trust board of trustees are appointed by the president of the United States. In addition to Smith, current members are: Catherine Allen, Santa Fe, N.M.; Kent Salazar, Albuquerque, N.M.; Dr. Melissa Savage, Santa Fe, N.M.; Karyn Stockdale, Santa Fe, N.M.; Jason Lott, superintendent, Bandelier National Monument; and Maria Garcia, supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest.

The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the 88,900-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve located in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. It was purchased by the federal government in 2000 and is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering streams, remarkable scenery and science based adaptive management.