Valles Caldera holds off on new hiking plan

Created: 12/07/2013 11:14 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A plan to allow unfettered public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve has been put on hold.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Valles Caldera Trust Board chairman Kent Salazar made the announcement this week at a board meeting in Albuquerque.

The move comes amid concerns that Indian tribes and pueblos weren't consulted on the plan.

He added that tribal consent, review of endangered species, cultural resources, and habitat protection also needed to be considered.

Jemez Pueblo Gov. Vincent Toya Sr. says that the pueblo has always enjoyed a cooperative relationship with the preserve and that it was "shaken" when it learned of the board's plans to allow unrestricted access to hikers.

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