Bill would have Park Service running Valles Caldera
Gov. Bill Richardson is backing legislation in Congress to have the National Park Service take over management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.
U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall of New Mexico have introduced the legislation.
Richardson said Thursday that including the preserve as part of the National Park Service system is the “right thing to do” to protect the 89,000-acre former cattle ranch, which is owned by the federal government.
A nine-member board, rather than a federal agency, runs the preserve with a mandate of protecting the land, providing recreation while also allowing cattle grazing and making the preserve financially self-sustaining by 2015.