Posted by LeRoy Johnson on October 15, 2002 at 19:59:27:
In Reply to: Desert Protection Act posted by J on October 15, 2002 at 16:27:40:
Recently I got a printed copy of the “Death Valley, General Management Plan” (April 2002) (It is 1/4 inch thick—I hope this is a new model for plans!). This is an easy to read document and has appended in it the “California Desert Protection Act (PL 103-433). I have not checked, but possibly the plan is on the Internet (assuredly the law is).
Remember this about road closures: Many closures were mandated by Congress because they penetrated wilderness areas and were not cherry-stemmed in the law. If the Park Service did not close these roads, there are plenty of people out there who would file suits against the Superintendent and his staff for dereliction of duties—in other words, the Park Service has no choice but to close these roads.
Other roads are closed to protect natural or historic sites. These closures were not mandated by Congress. I think the Greenwater Road was one of these closures and the gravel road to the Sand Dunes is another example.
Time will tell about the Act.
Vigilance is necessary and I commend many of you for your candid and objective views expressed on this page.