ABQ Journal: New bill shifts control of Valles Caldera

WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s U.S. senators are once again trying to persuade Congress to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both New Mexico Democrats, on Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would make the change, citing inconsistent funding, a 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.

Udall and then-Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced the legislation in 2010, but it didn’t clear Congress after winning approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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