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U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have reintroduced legislation to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.
Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced this legislation in 2010 in light of inconsistent funding, the need for infrastructure improvements and concerns that the Preserve would not achieve financial self-sustainability by 2015, as directed by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000.
“Millions of years in the making, the Valles Caldera is a natural wonder, rich in geology, ecology and culture,” Udall said. “With its vast grass-filled valleys, forested hillsides and numerous volcanic peaks, the caldera means a great deal to the surrounding communities and tribes. Incorporating this landscape into the National Park Service will preserve its resources and allow for public enjoyment by future generations. Additionally, I want to applaud the years of work that the Board of Trustees and Preserve employees have invested in caring for this unmatched natural resource.”
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