Valles Caldera National Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been named interim executive director of the organization that oversees the 89,000-acre federally owned preserve in northern New Mexico.
The board of trustees of the Valles Caldera Trust announced Trujillo’s appointment. He has been preserve manager since 2002, and will take over for Gary Bratcher, who resigned at the end of May.
Bratcher had served as executive director since 2009. Trujillo worked for the U.S. Forest Service before joining the preserve.
New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both Democrats, are pushing legislation in Congress to shift management of the preserve from the nine-member trust to the National Park Service.