Re: Saline Valley News

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Posted by Laurel on December 11, 2003 at 10:52:26:

In Reply to: Saline Valley News posted by Tracker on November 22, 2003 at 10:06:26:

In response to the Saline Preservation Association
message regarding signs at the springs we composed
a letter to the Nat'l Park:
From Members of the Saline Preservation Association, and other friends of Saline

to: J.T.Reynolds, Superintendant
Death Valley Nat'l Park
Furnace Creek, CA, 92328

Dear Mr. Reynolds and others whom it may concern:

I am writing to you due to a concern for recent proposed policy changes at the
Saline Valley Hot Springs. (which i will refer to as "the springs") Many of us have been
enjoying the healing powers of the Springs along with our family and friends for over 20 years.

Several of the existing structures and systems in place there are the result of
many hours of volunteer work donated by many people. The folks who love, appreciate
and use the facility have for years offered the labor to provide the baths, co-ordinated
efforts to improve the environment, and co-operated to maintain the facilities.
To honor these dedicated people and continue to provide access to everyone
who has found these springs to be a special place, we would request that you re-consider
the plan to require clothing at the Springs. We respectfulle submit the request that the
clothing optional policy be allowed to continue. Perhaps there is a way to accomplish this
by determining areas within the springs which can be designated for this.
Thank you for you attention to these concerns.

Signed, Laurel Paulson-Pierce and friends
comments below NOT included in letter:
(even if the sign was not real, we wanted to go
on record as supporting natural bathing--
and it has been mentioned that suggesting the
option of designating a clothing area is not a
good idea, but it seemed that might offer a

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