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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: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/devawhere 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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Mystery of The Death Valley Sailing Stones Solved
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In a remote corner of Death Valley National park, cradled in between the Cottonwood and Last Chance mountain ranges, Racetrack Playa presents an intriguing natural history mystery. Here, slabs of dolomite and syenite, ranging in size from a couple of pounds up to 1,000 pounds, leave visible tracks as they slide across the playa surface, without any sign of human or animal intervention. For decades visitors and scientists alike have puzzled over what natural forces cause the stones to move across the playa.

Theories have ranged from the plausible (Death Valley National Park’s website has for years suggested that rain will wet the playa providing a slippery surface across which very strong winds may skid the stones across the slick mud) to the supernatural (strange magnetic forces or psychic energy as the culprit behind the sailing stones mysterious behavior). Unfortunately, as the stones had never been seen moving, the mystery had remained just that. Until now.

In a paper published with the scientific Journal Plos One, researchers Richard D. Norris and James M. Norris have provided photographic and scientific evidence as to how the stones manage to sail in their erratic patterns across the smooth playa surface.

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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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

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: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/devawhere 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.

Click here to read more.

 
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.

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