- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) - The executive director of the trust that currently oversees Valles Caldera National Preserve will be taking over as the preserve’s superintendent.

The appointment of Jorge Silva-Banuelos marks a milestone as the preserve’s management transitions from the trust to the National Park Service.

Valles Caldera is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America’s few super volcanoes and one of New Mexico’s most famous elk herds.

The federal government purchased the property in 2000 with the goal of operating it as a working ranch while developing recreational opportunities for the public. The Park Service will officially take over on Oct. 1.

New Mexico’s two U.S. senators - Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich - say they’re confident Silva-Banuelos will be able to make the preserve more accessible for visitors.

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