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Monday, June 17, 2013

Call to Action: Oppose the Valles Caldera National Preserve Transfer

Valles Caldera National Preserve


Twenty-five outdoor conservation organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, joined together to express concern and their united opposition over a proposal to shift management of the 89,216 acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in north-central New Mexico to the National Park Service (NPS). The Valles Caldera National Preserve Act (S. 285) is scheduled for debate before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks on Tuesday, June 18.

If passed, there are multiple concerns regarding future activities allowed in the Preserve:
  • Reduction or elimination of hunting
  • Negative impact on effective wildlife managment
  • Negative impact on habitat management
  • Possible loss of grazing

RMEF and its partners advocate for the transfer of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) which already manages the surrounding Santa Fe National Forest. The USFS, unlike the NPS, has a long history of managing public lands for multiple-use including hunting, fishing, trapping, access, game and non-game management, as well as wildlife habitat, recreation management, and the protection of cultural resources.

Call Senator Tom Udall (202-224-6621) and Senator Martin Heinrich (202-224-5521) to express opposition to the Valles Caldera National Preserve Act.

Click here to read the coalition’s letter in its entirety.

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