The board of trustees for the Valles Caldera National Preserve voted on Wednesday to ask Congress to extend the current trust model for another five years.
Under the 2000 Valles Caldera Preservation Act (VCPA), the enabling legislation that created the preserve, the trust dissolvesif it fails to achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2015 and management of the 89,000-acres preserve transfers to the U.S. Forest Service.
The legislation allows for an extension of the current model to 2020 provided sufficient progress has been made toward self-sufficiency. The board is officially requesting that extension.
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