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Wilderness Plan Needs Comments:NPS on Death Valley

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Wilderness Plan Needs Comments:NPS on Death Valley

I received an email today from the NPS regardign DVNP which concerns all of us that love the park. Here is just the top of it along with where to comment:

"

Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 8, 2012

Contact: Cheryl Chipman

Phone: 760-786-3207

Death Valley National Park

Releases Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) has developed a Wilderness and Backcountry

Stewardship Plan environmental assessment for Death Valley National Park

and is soliciting public comments on the plan and environmental assessment

until October 9, 2012.

The purpose of this plan is to guide the National Park Service in making

decisions regarding the future use and protection of Death Valley National

Park’s vast wilderness and backcountry lands. This planning process

addresses all Congressionally-designated wilderness lands within Death

Valley National Park, and also includes non-wilderness backcountry

concerns, such as backcountry road corridors and campsites, backcountry

cabins near roads, and non-wilderness backcountry lands. The plan does not

address developed or frontcountry areas within the park, nor does it

address the Saline Valley Warm Springs area.

The document is available at

parkplanning.nps.gov/DEVAWildernessPlanEA, and this page also

contains a link to interactive maps of all four plan alternatives."

ZB

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1. Re: Wilderness Plan Needs Comments:NPS on Death Valley

Zabriskie,

Thank you for this information. This is going to take some studying of the documents and what it all means.

There has been some discussion on http://www.deathvalley.net and also some heated discussion on www.deathvalley.com/dvtalk/dvtalk.shtml.

This latter site I have a hard time following the threads and the general tone of things.

Edited: 09 August 2012, 02:23
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2. Re: Wilderness Plan Needs Comments:NPS on Death Valley

Thank you for passing this on to all our friends, Zabby.

Wilderness designations are a two-edged sword, as we all know.

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3. Re: Wilderness Plan Needs Comments:NPS on Death Valley

Jes, I see that you are on deathvalley.net. I am too, but with a different screen name, although you might figure out which one is me.

I'm not on there that much. It's a whole different bunch from the TA crowd. Mostly I go there to catch up on DV gossip.

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4. Re: Wilderness Plan Needs Comments:NPS on Death Valley

Yes I do like deathvalley.net, different postings, perspectives. Many frequent, veteran, experienced visitors like yourself. Many "local". I don't know where I fit in as I don't have the time to do all those hikes/drives many do. Intrigued by Steve Hall's Dantes View to Badwater hike. Would I like to do it? Yes. Will I? Most likely not! Too much for my pain racked body.

And yes, it was easy to find you. You have a certain writing style.

Again, much data to go through as it pertains to where you will be able to camp in the back country areas. This past March I did some back country driving and came upon many people camping. Learned quite a bit from them. Many wouldn't do it any other way.

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