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Commando Paul

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Thanks HDW,

It's always good to hear from someone who was present... [smile]  Interesting times, indeed.

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I met the current Superintendent at the Ridgecrest meeting to discuss policies of Saline Valley Warm springs.   I was impressed with her attitude and openness to listen to suggestions from the public.  One thing that surprised me was her suggestion of adding more palm trees to the springs to provide shade.  There can be many reasons for her leaving, retirement, advancement to a better location, just to name a few.  Personally I am sorry to see her go.  I think she was truly interested in working with the people that visit the springs and to bring about guidelines that we could all except.  Now the big question will be, who the replacement will be and will he or she be conservative and follow strict policy by shutting down clothing optional or liberal and let that option stand and work with the visitors of the springs.  It's now a different ballgame and back to square one with a change in the Superintendent and that persons attitude and how he or she will govern. 
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If I'm reading this correctly, this is what happens when you come in and start drama by not letting user groups continue with the traditions they've always enjoyed...
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NPS looking for new DEVA Superintendent:

http://federalgovernmentjobs.us/jobs/Park-Manager-Superintendent-382976200.html
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Within a few days of my call for interested participants for interviews, we had well over twenty volunteers from members of the community with several decades of involvement at the Springs, and I forwarded their interest to the Park.
 
The Park feels that there are plenty of folks to choose from at this time, and they anticipate about 6 to 8 interviews will take place. The interviews are being conducted by a third-party contractor, and not the Park itself. At this point the ball is in the court of the contractor. It is suggested that they will be interested in selecting the folks with the longest history in the valley. Certainly everyone will have the opportunity to comment on the document when it comes out.
 
Thanks to all who offered their time and energy toward this part of the EIS process.
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I'll bring my dredge and we'll deal with that that pipe at Thanksforgivng if no one else does,  or will ,or can!! OR Else WILL? Who is that GUY!

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Nit Pick, Could that be used to bury the pipe.
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Actually, Death Valley wasn't a National Park at all until 1994.  It was a National Monument since about 1939.  The boundary was expanded and it was given National Park status in '94.  Yeah, it's nit pickin' but I think that's what James and Knockknock are alluding to.
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Yes DV 30+, and the rest of my family before me had been going there since the early 60's. As for Saline's inclusion into the National Park, I think that happened in 1994 if I'm not mistaken.
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Saline Valley was not part of the N.P. until the Clinton administration?
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DV Nation Park 30+years ? Really?
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How long do we have to let them know? I'd like to see some 'old timers' who have good people skills volunteer to discuss this rationally and calmly. I've been going with my family for the past seven years to Saline, and to the greater Death Valley National Monument/Park for 30+ but I would think they might want those who have gone to Saline Valley specifically longer than I?
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What are Jonathan Penman-Brotzman's scientific pedigree that qualified him to be the Environmental Protection Specialist position ? I mean he's gotten his masters in Public Administration  - Environmental Policy, Regulation and Law from an online school.
Does being a ranger without stepping a foot in the Death Valley make one a specialist? Here's his linkedin profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jonathan-penman-brotzman/52/794/570

I hope this guy is not as snobby and/or self centered as Mike Cipra. Time will tell.
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Some of our membership have asked what is happening with the EIS and management plan for the Saline Valley Warm Springs. News from Furnace Creek is that the Saline Valley Warm Springs Environmental Impact Statement Draft is well on its way.

The park review team as well as reviewers in the Pacific West Region are in the process of initial chapter reviews. The park expects the draft EIS in late spring or early summer of 2015.

 

Meanwhile, the Park Service is in the process of setting up some telephone or face-to-face interviews with long time users of Saline Valley. The interviews will focus on the history of use and will be conducted by a third party

 

that has been contracted to assist with the Environmental Impact Statement.

If you are interested in participating in these interviews, please let me know and I will forward your interest to the Park Service.

Jonathan Penman-Brotzman has taken over the Environmental Protection Specialist position, with the exit of Mike Cipra. Jonathan comes most recently from West Texas (Guadalupe Mountains National Park) and lives in Pahrump, NV. He has worked in public lands for over twenty years most with the National Park Service but including work with the US Forest Service and Colorado State Parks. Jonathan will be SPA's point of contact with the DVNP administration, and we are looking forward to working together in the future.

 

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