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New DV Superintendent and Other News From the Valley

Here’s some highlights from recent Death Valley News:

New Death Valley Superintendent

Kathy Billings has been selected as the new superintendent for Death Valley National Park. Kathy has been with the National Park Service for 29 years and has worked in all four deserts in the United states in Big Bend National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Great Basin National Park. She has served as superintendent at USS Arizona Memorial, Great Basin National Park, Organ Pip Cactus National Monument, and Pecos National Historical Park.

You can read more about the new park superintendent by clicking here.

DV Certified a Dark Sky Park

Stand in the valley and look up: Death Valley National Park has received international Dark-Sky Association certification. Death valley joins only two other U.S. National Parks (Big Bend National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument are the other two) in receiving dark sky certification, affirming what we who visit it regularly already knew: that those skies give some of the best night sky viewing in the United States.

Death Valley offers monthly night sky programs and holds stargazing events with astronomy organizations. At them visitors have access to high-powered telescopes to explore Death Valley’s dark night skies.

To learn more about this exciting designation, click here.

DV Seeking Public Comment

Last but not least, Death Valley National Park is seeking public comments regarding pricing for nineteen improved campsites and the establishment of three new group sites in the Furnace Creek Campground.

Comments will be accepted through May 17th. To find out more, and to make a comment, click here.