Posted at: 12/25/2013 8:33 AM
By: The Associated Press
JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust says he will retire next week.
Dennis Trujillo made the announcement last week during a gathering of employees. His last day will be Jan. 3, marking the end of nearly four decades of public service.
Trujillo says he feels fortunate that his career has centered on public lands and the conservation of natural resources.
Trujillo worked more than 25 years for the U.S. Forest Service until he was appointed manager of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2002. After a brief stint as interim director, he was elevated to the permanent post in March 2012.
Trujillo helped guide the development of a strategic management plan, revised the livestock grazing program and led the preserve through the Las Conchas and Thompson Ridge fires.
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