public lands http://kunm.org en Valles Caldera Trust seeks input on preserve plan http://kunm.org/post/valles-caldera-trust-seeks-input-preserve-plan <p>The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of the most iconic sites in New Mexico. It&rsquo;s a sweeping landscape of meadows and forests that sits in the massive crater of a collapsed volcano. Congress bought the former ranch in 2000 and created the preserve with a special mandate:&nbsp; Become financially self-sufficient by 2015.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 04:00:23 +0000 Megan Kamerick 16788 at http://kunm.org Valles Caldera Trust seeks input on preserve plan At 68, Smokey Bear's message still resonates http://kunm.org/post/68-smokey-bears-message-still-resonates <p>This week, an American icon celebrates his birthday: Smokey Bear is turning 68.</p><p>He&rsquo;s still a spry old guy, kept alive by the Ad Council and the US Forest Service. It&rsquo;s New Mexico&rsquo;s forests that have been taking a hammering. In 2011, the Las Conchas Fire was the largest in state history. Then this year, the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest doubled its record. This summer also saw the state&rsquo;s most destructive wildfire, the Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso.</p><p>But believe it or not, there&rsquo;s good news.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:09:02 +0000 Laura Paskus 16657 at http://kunm.org At 68, Smokey Bear's message still resonates