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Death Valley National Park Releases Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan

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Date: August 9, 2012

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 http://parkplanning.nps.gov/DEVAWildernessPlanEA, and this page also contains a link to interactive maps of all four plan alternatives.

The plan and environmental assessment will also be available in hard copy for review at the following locations: Inyo County Planning Department., Inyo County Library (Lone Pine and Bishop), Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, all Visitor Centers within Death Valley National Park, Kern County Library in Ridgecrest, and Nye County Library (Amargosa and Pahrump).

The National Park Service will be hosting two open house style public meetings in regional gateway communities on August 21 and 23 to enhance the ability of interested members of the public to comment on the plan. On Tuesday, August 21, the NPS will be hosting a meeting from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm in Lone Pine, California at Statham Hall, located at 138 Jackson Street, Lone Pine, CA 93545. On Thursday, August 23, the NPS will be hosting a meeting from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm in Beatty, Nevada at the Beatty Community Center, located at 100 A Avenue South, Beatty, NV 89003.

Please send comments by October 9, 2012 via the electronic public comment form on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment System (PEPC) at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/DEVAWildernessPlanEA, or by email to DEVA_planning@nps.gov by October 9, 2012. During the public comment period, the PEPC web site will also have a link to interactive versions of the maps of various alternatives. You may also submit comments in writing to: Superintendent, Death Valley NP, ATTN: Wilderness Plan Comments, P.O. Box 579, Death Valley, CA 92328.

For more information about this planning process, contact Park Environmental Protection Specialist Mike Cipra at 760-786-3227.

Notice Regarding the Freedom of Information Act: It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names and addresses of respondents who provide that information, available for public review following the conclusion of the environmental assessment process. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Commentators using the website can make such a request by checking the box "keep my contact information private."NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that NPS may still be required to disclose your name and address pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.

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Did You Know?

The salt stretches across the floor of Death Valley

The salt pan on the floor of Death Valley covers more than 200 square miles. It is 40 miles long and more than 5 miles wide.