Re: road closures, redux

[ Follow Ups ] [ Death Valley Talk - Archive Set 2 ] [ FAQ ]

Posted by Thom on May 18, 2002 at 12:38:54:

In Reply to: road closures, redux posted by curt on May 17, 2002 at 17:57:12:

First off, about 1 out of every 5 acres in CA is designated Wilderness. Find one.

Second, in Death Valley, the NP encompasses 3.3 million acres, served by only 750 miles of roads--both paved and dirt. It ain't hard to find areas away from a road.

The Surprise Canyon closure is an eco-nazi case in point. Panamint City is located high up in Surprise Canyon, and over 130 years old. Thousands of people used to live there, and the creek was esentially the town and an open latrine.
Flash flood deposits can be seen high up on the walls of the canyon where it narrows, wiping everything out every generation or so.

The Sierra Club, in conjunction with other eco-kook groups, filed a lawsuit to close the canyon as it was pristine and home to a fern. Now explain to me why this road should be closed and considered wilderness? The closure by the NPS is even considering barring any human access.

Follow Ups:

[ Follow Ups ] [ Death Valley Talk - Archive Set 2 ] [ FAQ ]