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East way to comment on Furnace Creek proposed Closure

Paige

Well-Known Member
PLEASE HELP US KEEP THIS VERY IMPORTANT BACKCOUNTRY ROAD OPEN

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 Death Valley but another
Furnace Creek in the White Mountains between Bishop, CA and Dyer, NV.
Thanks to Randy Banis of Death Valley Dot Com we now have our own
Internet 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
the
public. 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.
The Furnace Creek Road is an incredible 8.5 mile road on the
eastern
side of the White Mountains that begins near Dyer Nevada. The road was
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, "Furnace Creek Road undoubtedly
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 Furnace Creek Road corridor to Tres Plumas Flat as
"Semi-Primitive
Motorized Recreation". The environmentalist have fought for 20 years
to
close the road because it would be a corridor into their proposed
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.
 

elcaprerunner

Well-Known Member
Thanks page, I followed through using the above link. We have a family friend who lives in Dyer NV and uses the trails and backroads around there quite often for horse back riding and sometimes uses them to drive around for recreation too, last year when my parents went up to visit him he took them all around up there site seeing. Also we go through Biship once a year on our annual fishing trip to the Sierras, would hate to have this trail, let alone any others closed for no good reason.
 

DaveV

Member
Good work Paige. Just sent my fax. I still don't see why some people want to be the reason why others can't experience some of the greatest parts of our outdoors.
 

WannaB-class5

Well-Known Member
I completed it but does that actually help? Couldn't I just fill in a bunch of names and addresses and hit send? No matter....can't hurt, I will have my friends do it tonight
 

Paige

Well-Known Member
There is always a bit of controversey with the letter generators as to how much good they actually do, but at least with all the faxes going in, it will let them know that we are informed and have an opinion. Thanks for the work guys - keep it up =)
 
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