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Devils Hole Workshop Being Held April 30- May 2, 2014

The Nye County Water District is pleased to sponsor the 2014 Devils Hole Workshop in Furnace Creek along with support from the Death Valley Natural History Association.

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Two Death Valley Plants Saved by the Endangered Species Act

Two unique and rare California desert plants, the Eureka dune grass and the desert primrose, are being considered as candidates for delisting from the Endangered Species Act. The endemic California species was threatened by OHV activity and competition from invasive species but appears to have made a strong recovery.

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Death Valley National Park Extends Comment Deadline

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to help inform and shape the development of alternatives for a management plan and environmental impact statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park (Park).

The purpose of the proposed plan is to provide a basis for managing this remote yet popular area of the Park, balancing the protection of unique natural and cultural resources with public health and visitor use at the Saline Valley Warm Springs. Park staff encourages people to be specific in the comments by referring to specific elements in each preliminary alternative.

The preliminary alternatives can be viewed at NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: comments can also be submitted. The NPS has extended the comment period for this phase of the planning process until April 27, 2014.

Furnace Creek Visitors Center receives First Ever Design Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Death Valley National Park in receiving the Design Award of Excellence for their rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

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Legendary Badwater Race Re-Routed
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All sporting events have been temporarily banned from Death Valley through October 1, 2014 while the National Park performs a safety assessment on their sporting permit process.

The National Park has stated that they expect the safety assessment will be completed by summer and that they will then begin considering applications for events taking place after October 1, 2014.

Kathy Billings, Superintendent of Death Valley National Park, cited an increase in requests for sporting event permits as one of the reasons a moratorium has been issued and a safety assessment begun. You can read her full statement here.

Nadeau National Recreation Trail Dedicated

Clear blue skies, a stiff breeze, and temperatures that hadn’t yet broken the triple digits meant it was perfect weather when officials started to gather at Panamint Springs for the Nadeau Trail dedication on August 22, 2013.

Attendees represented local, county, and federal agencies, including Kathy Billings, Superintendent of Death Valley National Park; Lori Acton, Ridgecrest City Council; Carl Symons, BLM Ridgecrest Field Manager; Teri Raml, BLM California Desert District Manager; Angie Lara, BLM California Associate State Director; Matt Kingsley, Inyo County Supervisor; and Randy Banis, Desert Advisory Council Chairman. The representatives gathered together to honor the Nadeau Trail’s recent designation as a National Recreation Trail. In a small ceremony at the trail’s terminus in Death Valley National Park the theme of the day was interagency cooperation and the hope to see more trails like the Nadeau Trail recognized for their cultural and natural significance on a national level.

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