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Open access to Valles Caldera preserve stalls

December 7, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Valles Caldera National Preserve won’t yet invite further exploration by hikers after a plan to throw open access was tabled.

Valles Caldera Trust Board chairman Kent Salazar said at the panel’s meeting Thursday in Albuquerque that the move comes amid concerns that Indian tribes and pueblos weren’t consulted about the plan to allow unrestricted public access to the preserve, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1dUI2IT).

He added that review of endangered species, cultural resources and habitat protection also needed to be considered before the plan goes into action.

“It is clear from staff input that there are serious issues that must be addressed Login to read more

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