Sewanee forestry professor Ken Smith was recently elected as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Preserve, in its 15th year of existence, will be transferred to the Department of Interior in 2015, and Professor Smith will help lead the transition over the coming year. Smith was appointed to the board in 2010, and he has served as the sustainable forestry trustee over the past five years. After the transfer of the Preserve to the DOI, the Board of Trustees will be dissolved and the Preserve will be permanently managed by the National Park Service. A recent article explaining the transfer can be found here. The Preserve, located in northern New Mexico, has long been a stop on Bran Potter’s western geology trip, and has hosted three Sewanee interns over the past three years.