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The Española Chamber of Commerce has voted to back S 285, a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall that would transfer management of Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.
The chamber vote on Dec. 10 comes on the heels of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation taking similar action to back the bill earlier this month.
Española Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Atencio said chamber board members had several reasons for supporting the Valles Caldera legislation. “The Chamber Board voted unanimously in favor of supporting the bill because it’s not only a good idea for the future of the Valles Caldera, but it will also bring additional revenue and jobs to the area.”
The senators’ bill calls for new management because the current management system has not made the Preserve financially self-sufficient, as required by Congress, yet has limited access to the area for hunters, anglers, hikers and others by charging exorbitant fees.
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