National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis spoke with Caldera Action Board Member Monique Schoustra and Executive Director Tom Ribe regarding the Valles Caldera National Preserve on March 28 in Salt Lake City.
This was our second meeting with Director Jarvis about the Valles Caldera, the first being in Washington DC in 2012.
In both meetings Director Jarvis expressed his keen interest in having the VCNP included in the National Park System (as a Preserve) soon.
For a person who has 401 units to oversee while managing the NPS's budget and relationship to Congress, Director Jarvis shows an amazing depth of knowledge about the Valles Caldera and Bandelier National Monument.
knows the geography of the area, the politics of the Preserve and ongoing events with various interest groups in the Jemez Mountains.
We mentioned the need for the Obama Administration to speak with one voice on the future of the Valles Caldera
, given the strong support of New Mexico public and Congressional delegation expressed for NPS
Director Jarvis is hopeful that new leadership on the White House staff may resolve inter- agency disagreements on many issues, including the Valles Caldera.
We also discussed Caldera Action's ongoing conversations with Jemez Pueblo
Governor Madalena and his
Council on the future of the Valles Caldera
under various scenarios.
Director Jarvis has agreed that he will engage in dialogue with Jemez Pueblo this month to help the Pueblo develop a dynamic role in the VCNP once the Preserve is under National Park Service management.
Our conversation touched on many other topics such as hunting at the VCNP
, the Rim Trail and increasing wildfire activity in the Jemez Mountains.
Director Jarvis was in Salt Lake City to address and attend the Wallace Stegner Center's symposium: National Parks: Past, Present and Future.