Environmental Studies and New Mexico

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Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico's National Preserve

William deBuys
Don J. Usner

In 2000 President Clinton signed into law the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, a visionary piece of legislation that transferred to the public domain a privately owned ranch in northern New Mexico. This book tells the natural and human history of the preserve, presents photographs of its splendor, and outlines the unique administrative experiment now underway to manage its public lands.


William deBuys chaired the board of trustees for the Valles Caldera Trust from its formation in 2001 until 2005. He is the author of several books, among them Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range, River of Traps: A Village Life, and Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California.

Don J. Usner was born and grew up in New Mexico. His books include Sabino's Map: Life in ChimayĆ³'s Old Plaza, Benigna's ChimayĆ³: Cuentos from the Old Plaza, and New Mexico Route 66 on Tour: Legendary Architecture from Glenrio to Gallup (Museum of New Mexico Press).

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

10.5 x 9 in. 128 pages 59 color and 8 black-and-white photographs, map