Saline Preservation Association
The voice of Saline Valley
Trailrider, please allow me to comment on your post: "I don't think the springs are designed (or were designed from the beginning) and set up to accommodate large quantities of people descending upon them at one time. There are simply not enough resources for such. There are not enough pools or bathrooms." - why are you bringing more people? "Something will give, and it will give sooner rather than later." - keep bringing more people and it will happen soon.
“On my second trip out there this past March, which was in fact, a guided tour of DV led by myself” – you think you took some time to educate yourself but I doubt you succeeded. It takes more than one visit IMHO.
“But realistically speaking, if there are going to be full on group tours, 4x4 clubs, and multi-family sized groups becoming the norm rather than the exception, the time is approaching when there will need more than just one person out there full time…” – regular patrols will not help with overcrowded pools, dust, filled up outhouses and noise.
“Groups that plan on going out there (at least the one's who have a calendar open to the public) should be contacted and advised of the rules, or at least sent a link to this site so they can plan accordingly. “ – I agree with you 100%. I am not sure why we cannot have a sticky thread here in this very forum. Still, knowing the rules will not help the springs in terms of overcrowding.
“I plan to come back and help in any way I can. I have very much enjoyed my experiences at the springs and would love to have my children come to love them as well. I plan on leading more guided tours through DV and the springs” – if you want to help, stop bringing people. By the way, may I inquire about your business license? Are you registered in whatever state you come from as a business? Do you pay taxes? Have you obtained the NPS permit required to lead groups? Do you have insurance? Do you have a 1st aid kit and a satellite phone? Are you equipped to provide help to your clients?
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