Furnace Creek Comments Needed
PLEASE HELP US KEEP THIS VERY IMPORTANT
(Received from Ron Schiller, High Desert Multiple-Use Coalition)
It was recently learned that the Center for Biodiversity, Sierra Club, and others are flooding BLM and Forest Service fax machines with comment letters requesting the total closure of Furnace Creek to motorized access.
Yesterday alone, the BLM received 500 letters supporting the closure. This is NOT the Furnace Creek located within
Thanks to Randy Banis of Death Valley Dot Com we now have our ownInternet fax software to easily send faxes to the BLM and Forest Service to support a modified version of Alternative #6 which would keep the long existing road open for public use. The comment period is open until February 17 so we have enough time to offset the closure advocates mass faxes.
Please help us keep this fabulous backcountry experience open to thepublic. Go to http://www.deathvalley.com/action/furnace_creek.shtml, fill in the appropriate blanks, scroll down the page, review the letter, and click on the "send my fax" button. A fully customized letter with your name and address will be automatically faxed to the BLM and Forest Service and a copy returned to you via e-mail for your records.
side of the
originally built at the turn of the last century for ranching and mining.
It was improved with heavy equipment in the early 1950s. The road passes
old mines, old corrals, an elaborate old cow camp, and many points with
breathtaking vistas. Up until the CBD lawsuit, it was one of the best kept
secrets and used almost exclusively by locals. Roger Mitchell, in his 1969
book, "Inyo Mono Jeep Trails", states, "
offers one of the most interesting jeep trips in the county. Mitchell goes
on to say, "Unlike many canyon roads, the jeep trail up Furnace Creek did
not just happen. As you will soon see, the route has been carefully
constructed. In places where the canyon bottom was impassible, a-road was bulldozed out of the canyon wall". The road, at least the two-track
portion, ends at Tres Plumas Flat, a most beautiful aspen dotted flat
situated at 9200 ft. elevation. There are several deer hunter's camps
dispersed in the aspen groves. The view from Tres Plumas Flat is
astounding and makes one think of a calendar quality photo.
The Inyo National Forest Land Use and Management Plan designated the entire
wilderness legislation, however, there has never been adequate resource
concerns to justify closure. There are no Threatened or Endangered flora
or fauna, no fishery, or any other identifiable significant issues. The
riparian issue is associated with only a very tiny portion of the road. In
fact, there really isn't any creek as there is no water flow except during
spring runoff and heavy rains.
PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO ANY FRIENDS OR ASSOCIATES THAT SUPPORT
PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS.
This information is provided by Ron Schiller, Chairman,
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