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From: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Caldera Recreation Planning MeetingsDate: July 14, 2007 11:18:02 AM MDTReply-To: email@example.comHello,This message is being sent to people who asked to be kept informed by the Valle Caldera Coalition over the past few years, and who participated in VCC tours and events. This spring, the Coalition began changing form, with a new organization, Caldera Action, now beginning operations. You will hear more about this in the weeks to come.Right now, though, we wanted to share some important dates: The Valles Caldera Trust is beginning its long-awaited public planning process for "visitor use and access." This summer, Trust staff will hold four facilitated "open houses" to collect ideas and input from the public; they will be followed by a formal NEPA process (scoping, draft plan with alternatives, final plan, all with comment periods). The intent of these workshops is to bring interested members of the public into the process at an early stage. You are also welcome to suggest ideas about the planning process itself; it is likely that Caldera Action and/or individual members will have suggestions about this as well.Any recreaton-oriented idea you’ve ever mentioned to the Trust or to a friend deserves to be brought forward now that the Trust is prepared to receive them (e.g., The Rim Trail/Rim Route, the place-based field school, remote backpacking, wildlife watching (for non-hunters), the right to walk off-trail, not just on old logging roads, just as hunters are allowed to do; not ORVs....).Ideas offered at these workshops will be collected and rolled forward to following ones; there may be value in attending two of them, and especially in having repeat participants at the final one, where we can confirm and respond to what has been said at all of the meetings. But don't wait until the end, as early ideas can shape the course of the series.Thanks for your interest and participation, Caldera ActionThe dates and places:July 31, 2007, at the Trust offices in Jemez Springs, New Mexico (18161 State Highway 4)August 2, 2007, at the Cities of Gold Hotel Conference Center in the Pojoaque Valley, New Mexico (10-A Cities of Gold Rd., 15 miles north of Santa Fe)August 14, 2007, at the Student Center of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in Los Alamos, New Mexico (4000 University Drive)August 16, 2007, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (1771 Rio Rancho Blvd.)And, the full press release, with details about the structure of the meetings and where to send written comments:Valles Caldera Trust Announces Public Meetings for Visitor Access and Use(Jemez Springs, NM) – The Valles Caldera Trust announces that it will conduct four public meetings in north-central New Mexico to engage the public in discussions about visitor access and use of Valles Caldera National Preserve. This is the first step in a process that will produce a long-term visitor access and use management plan.The Trust wants to hear the public’s ideas on visitor capacity of the Preserve; recreation and education programs offered to the public; and the types of facilities and infrastructure, such as roads, trails and utilities, needed to support public visitation and visitor programs.The Trust will hold four public meetings. Each meeting will consist of an orientation, an open house with information and displays, and breakout workshop discussions on programs and issues raised by the public. Members of the Board of Trustees and Trust staff will be available to listen to public comments, answer questions and participate in the discussions.The time and location of the four meetings are as follows:1. July 31, 2007 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Trust offices in Jemez Springs, New Mexico (18161 State Highway 4)2. August 2, 2007 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cities of Gold Hotel Conference Center in the Pojoaque Valley, New Mexico (10-A Cities of Gold Rd., 15 miles north of Santa Fe)3. August 14, 2007 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Student Center of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in Los Alamos, New Mexico (4000 University Drive)4. August 16, 2007 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (1771 Rio Rancho Blvd.)The public is invited to stop by the open house anytime between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM. The workshop discussions will be held periodically during the open house. The times of the workshops and more information, including the information presented at the meetings, will be posted on the Trust’s website at www.vallescaldera.gov. Comments can be submitted at the meetings; through the Trust’s website (www.vallescaldera.gov); by email to Marie Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org); or by letter to Valles Caldera Trust, P.O. Box 359, Jemez Springs, NM 87025. Comments should be received at Trust offices by September 21, 2007.
Rob Dixon, the Recreation Coordinator at the Valles Caldera, has put out a callfor Volunteers for this Saturday's (Aug 11th) Mt. Bike Rides at the Caldera.This is a busy weekend with the Pajarito Punishment and the County Rodeoevents, but if anyone has time to help out up there, it would be muchappreciated. (There is another Mt. Bike ride on Sept 2nd that will need helpalso.)Contact Rob Dixon email@example.com cell:231-1449 office: 661-3333to volunteer.Bike Events info page: http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/special/special_viewall.aspx?cat=45And don't forget the Valles Caldera NP "Visitor Access and Use" Workshop onTuesday (August 14th - 4pm) at the UNM-LA student center. Give the VCNP staffyour input on access and use.-Greg
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