Matthew Schmader is the assistant superintendent for Albuquerque's Open Space Division, which manages about 4,000 acres of city lands within the monument acquired by the city through a local, dedicated open-space tax.
Matthew Schmader: "A lot
of sweat and blood has gone into protecting this place. When you
put the two of us together - the city's Open Space Division and the
Park Service - we have very complementary
"If people are really intent on
vandalism, they'll manage. If you have agency presence - signage,
literature and people - you can reduce vandalism to almost nothing.
You have to show you care.
"If people understood
how special a place this was, they would come here and do things
equal to their respect for the place. I don't run my dog through