Caldera releases stewardship plan

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The Valles Caldera Trust has released a 10-year plan for the proposed stewardship of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement details a number of actions aimed at reducing the potential for severe burning and moving the forest to a more sustainable and resilient condition.
Proposed actions include forest thinning, wildland fire management, road management, wetland and riparian restoration, noxious weed control and burned area rehabilitation.
The Stewardship Plan DEIS provides a side-by-side comparison of two landscape restoration approaches and the environmental impacts each alternative may have on the preserve along with the no action alternative.
The Trust is seeking input on the Stewardship Plan DEIS and has opened a 45-day public comment period through Sept. 26. The simplest way to comment is through the Valles Caldera Trust online public comment system.
The system allows the user to enter up to 500 words of text, or to upload a PDF document.
To comment on the Stewardship Plan DEIS go vallescalldera.gov. Comments can also be submitted via email to stewardship@vallescaldera.gov or by surface mail to:
Valles Caldera Trust, Attn. Stewardship Plan DEIS Comments, P.O. Box 359 Jemez Springs, N.M. 87025.
After the public comment period the document may be revised based on the comments received. The Final EIS will then be released and a 30-day no-action period will follow. Subsequent to the 30-day period, the approved plan will be documented in a record of decision.
For more information, contact the project leader, Marie Rodriguez at 661-3333 or
email stewardship@vallescaldera.gov.