An overview of the Valles Caldera National Preserve: The natural and cultural resources
Robert R. Parmentier, Anastasia Steffen, and Craig D. Allen

Abstract:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of New Mexico's natural wonders and a popular area for public recreation, sustainable natural resource production, and scientific research and education. Here, we provide a concise overview of the natural and cultural history of the Preserve, including descriptions of the ecosystems, flora and fauna. We note that, at the landscape scale, the Valles caldera appears to be spectacularly pristine; however, humans have extracted resources from the Preserve area for many centuries, resulting in localized impacts to forests, grasslands and watersheds. The Valles Caldera Trust is now charged with managing the Preserve and providing public access, while preserving and restoring these valuable public resources.


Citation:

  1. Parmentier, Robert R.; Steffen, Anastasia; Allen, Craig D., 2007, An overview of the Valles Caldera National Preserve: The natural and cultural resources, in: Geology of the Jemez Region II, Kues, Barry S.; Kelley, Shari A.; Lueth, Virgil W., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 58th Field Conference, pp. 147-154.

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