Albuquerque Business First: Bill affecting Valles Caldera management advances in U.S. Senate

A bill that would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service has been approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The bill was introduced by Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. Under its provisions, management of the site would be removed from the current board of trustees and open more of the area to public use such as hunting and fishing.

“The legislation that was approved by committee today respects and preserves the longstanding educational, grazing, and exceptional hunting and fishing opportunities that are cherished and valued by so many New Mexicans,” Udall said in a statement. “National Park Service management will ensure steadier funding and more resources are available so the Valles Caldera will continue to prosper as a natural wonder that all can enjoy.”

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