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Caldera unveils strategic plan

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Preserve: Three central goals to guide preserve into the future

 The Valles Caldera Trust has prepared a Strategic Management Plan for the Valles Caldera National Preserve for fiscal years 2012 – 2018.
The plan has been submitted to OMB (Office of Management and Budget) for review and has also been posted to the Valles Caldera Trust’s website vallescaldera.gov.
The strategic plan includes background information about the Valles Caldera Trust, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and the experiment in public land management. It also presents three strategic goals that the trust intends to focus on in the coming years:
The first is to expand the public’s access and enjoyment of the preserve.
The second is the restoration and stewardship of the preserve’s natural and cultural resources found on the preserve.
The third goal focuses on what has been one of the more controversial aspects of the trust’s enabling legislation: financial sustainability.
With ever shrinking federal budgets the trust’s authorization to generate revenue and accept donations will be key to meeting the first two goals.
All federal agencies were required to submit a new or revised strategic management plan by February 6, 2011 to meet the requirements of the GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act) of 2010.
The trust’s Interim Executive Director, Dennis Trujillo, notes the importance of a strategic plan, “In addition to fulfilling the GPRA requirements, this plan will be a valuable tool for communicating a vision for the future to both Congress and the public. Above all, this plan should be used to align resources and guide decision-making to accomplish priorities and improve outcomes.”
Over the past several years, the trust has been engaging the public and consulting closely with the New Mexico delegates to the U.S. Senate and House regarding the future management of the preserve.
Trujillo notes that the goals and strategies are designed to be successful under a variety of future scenarios.