An overview of the Valles Caldera National Preserve: the natural and cultural resources

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Edited by: Barry S. KuesShari A. Kelley, and Virgil W. Lueth

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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.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title An overview of the Valles Caldera National Preserve: the natural and cultural resources
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher New Mexico Geological Society
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Geology of the Jemez Region II, New Mexico Geological Society, 58th Annual Field Conference Guidebook
First page 147
Last page 154
Conference Title 58th Conference of the New Mexico Geological Society
Country United States
State New Mexico
Other Geospatial Valles Caldera National Preserve
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