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Valles Caldera opens 2018 livestock program application period

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The Valles Caldera National Preserve has opened the application period for its 2018 livestock grazing program. 

The National Park Service is accepting permit applications to graze livestock on the preserve for a four-month grazing season, which runs from June 1 through Sept. 30.

All livestock operators are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed for compliance with NPS requirements, and a selection will be made by random drawing from the group of qualifying applications.

The NPS will authorize between 93 and 352 livestock Animal Units per Month (AUM), depending on range conditions during the spring, within a grazing area totaling approximately 1,350 acres.

The 2018 livestock program may be delayed or canceled if the preserve experiences significant drought conditions.

Applications and associated documents can be found on the preserve’s website (nps.gov/vall). They can also be obtained by sending an email to vall_info@nps.gov, in person at the Valle Grande Entrance Station during normal business hours, or by calling the NPS permit coordinator at 575-829-4100, ext. 4.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20. The selection by random drawing from qualifying applications will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the preserve’s administrative headquarters located at 090 Villa Louis Martin, Jemez Springs, NM 87025. Applicants and the general public are welcome to attend. However applicants do not need to be present to be eligible for selection.