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    but no phytoliths from the upper parts of the plant in samples from two of the three sites This led him to speculate that Pueblo farmers cut the plants at the base and carried the stalks away for other uses The third site gave no indication that it had ever been farmed As often happens a bit of data always leads to more questions Bob plans to find funding for more of these studies VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE Some of you may be interested in the Valles Preserve adjacent to Bandelier In 2000 Congress established the VCNP as a government owned park governed by an independent Board of Trustees who were charged with rendering the park financially self sustaining within 20 years Successive board members tried hard but it is now apparent that the land can never generate sufficient revenue to support itself under public expectations and government mandated policies for public land In addition it became obvious that the board governance system itself has intractable problems In 2010 Senator Jeff Bingaman wrote and introduced a bill to transfer the VCNP to the National Park Service His bill was included in a Public Lands and Utilities Omnibus Bill that came before Congress in the lame duck The bill never came to a vote because several senators objected to other provisions in the bill The tax bill and START Treaty debates left no time to reconcile these other issues the bill died at the end of the session Senator Bingaman worked very hard on this issue it is not clear at this time if he will start the process over again If nothing happens before 2020 the VCNP will be absorbed into the National Forest Service We ve said it so many times it will be an interesting budget year This year Congress may actually address the spiraling national debt No one can predict what will happen to our national parks but the public has always shown passionate support for our Crown Jewels We wish all you treasured Friends a good New Year Dorothy Hoard President Friends Annual Report for 2010 Jason Lott Superintendent It has been another busy year of change at Bandelier with a lot to be proud about During 2010 the refurbished and expanded Visitor Center was completed with the new film theater and exhibits receiving high praise from visitors There were also improvements to our infrastructure with the replacement of the gas line paving of all of the roads on the mesa and re roofing of two buildings in the CCC National Landmark District Accomplishments for the year also included completing the landscaping for the Eco Restoration Project initiating year 1 of 3 for the completion of the Bandelier Archaeological Survey completing Year 10 for Park Flight and the Division of Historic Preservation completed the design and development of a new Viga End Replacement Tool It was during the past year that the Bandelier Conservation Corps BCC was established The crew was managed by Kevin Stillman and

    Original URL path: http://www.friendsofbandelier.org/archives/2010_web_Annual_Report.asp (2016-02-10)
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  • Friends of Bandelier Current News
    small mountain communities were evacuated quickly and Los Alamos was evacuated for a week Our non local Friends may be wondering how Bandelier fared Unfortunately not well Chief of Interpretation Rod Torrez reports that the fire burned 64 percent of the park mostly in the upper western forests Some burned areas are patchy and intermixed with unburned land others are truly severe The fire did not reach the Frijoles Canyon Visitor and Administrative Center but much of Frijoles Canyon upstream from the center was decimated Our summer monsoons can produce heavy localized rains These can cause major flooding especially where the forest cover has been removed Unfortunately in 1935 the CCC put the buildings in the bottom of a deep canyon on the flood plain of Frijoles Creek In the past the basement of the Visitor Center has flooded under much less ominous conditions Damage to our beautifully remodeled Visitor Center would be a real blow The rangers quickly removed all exhibits and anything else moveable from the buildings They wrapped the Visitor Center in plastic Around the buildings they put up barriers reinforced with sandbags As a precaution they removed the bridges to prevent logs and debris from jamming up and damming the stream The automobile bridge by the Visitor Center was recently found to be structurally unsound and had to be dealt with anyway No one really knows yet how the backcounty of Bandelier fared Infrared flyover scans show areas that are hotter than background heat Using these scans fire managers make maps of the extent of fires and post them on the internet www inciweb org The map shows the eastern edge of Bandelier above White Rock Canyon mostly junipers and rocks as unburned and the main pinyon juniper area of the plateau as moderate The maps show the San Miguel Mountains as severely burned which is surprising because the little mountain range burned in the Dome Fire of 1996 The Las Conchas Fire was pronounced officially out on August 1 At 156 600 acres it is the largest recorded wildfire in New Mexico history It burned the eastern third of the Valles Caldera National Preserve much of Santa Clara Pueblo land truly sad because the pueblo had recently reinstalled recreational facilities in Santa Clara Canyon that had burned in the 1998 and 2000 fires Santa Fe National Forest suffered more than half of the burning Aggressive firefighting by specialized teams spared Los Alamos and the National Lab Sadly the fire burned into small communities in the mountains including the homes on Cochiti Mesa of two Bandelier rangers For those of you familiar with the Jemez the small communities of Bland and Pines were almost totally obliterated When the Smoke Clears At Bandelier the rangers want the public to have as much access to the park as possible They have opened Tsankawi and areas between Frijoles Canyon and State Road 4 including Juniper Campground Overlook Trail and Burnt Mesa They resumed evening programs at the amphitheater and

    Original URL path: http://www.friendsofbandelier.org/archives/webnewsletter_09_12.asp (2016-02-10)
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