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

June 11, 2007

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 Year 2007
Title An overview of the Valles Caldera National Preserve: the natural and cultural resources
DOI
Authors Robert R. Parmenter, Anastasia Steffen, Craig D. Allen
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
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Index ID 70176090
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center

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