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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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Saline Valley

(85 miles)

The Saline Valley Road runs from State Highway 190 on the south to the Death Valley-Big Pine Road on the north, skirting the base of the Inyo Mountains lengthwise through the Valley. Both the South and North Passes may be closed during winter due to snow, but generally the road is open and in good graded condition. The Saline Valley Road provides access to the Hot Springs, Hunter Canyon, the old Salt Works and Tramway, and the lush Salt Lake Marshlands. This can also be one of the worse washboard roads in the Park. The road is fairly well-travelled, but still very remote -- occasionally you can drive its entire length without seeing another vehicle. Avoid the temptation for high speeds -- mistakes can disable your vehicle. Also note that during winter months, the North and South Passes are frequently impassable due to snow and ice.

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