PSR Camp would like to help Inyo County by finding readers who traveled three long-time Death Valley area roads at least twenty-one years ago: Petro Road (also known as Greenwater Road), Lost Section Road and Last Chance Road.

Read more: Have You Driven These DV Roads?

Earlier I warned our readers that the Bureau of Land Management's Barstow Field Office was preparing a proposal to increase user access fees at the popular Dumont Dunes motorized recreation area.  We wondered aloud if we'd see any opposition to "another $15 or $20" on top of the current $60 annual fee.

Well, have I got a surprise for you.  How about another $80?

The proposal currently on the table would raise cost of an annual pass to $140.

If you want a good opportunity to say something about this, it would be Tuesday, March 6, at 10:00 am, at the BLM Barstow Field Office during the meeting of the Dumont Dunes Technical Review Team.

Read more: BLM Suggests Skyrocketing Dumont Fees

Ten well informed Dumont Dunes users attended the March 6, 2007, meeting of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Dumont Dunes Technical Review Team (TRT), and put forth what turned out to be the advisory group's preferred alternative regarding the proposed user fee increase at Dumont Dunes.  Without their participation, we might have missed the winning idea altogether.

The point that I'd like to get across is that users absolutely can make the difference when they participate.  I recognize that not everyone can get a weekday off to travel to Barstow for a meeting, which is partially why advisory committees exist in the first place.  And not always do participants feel that was worth it, as often such meetings product no real tangible results, and not always are visitors' comments well heeded.

But on Tuesday, our guests made all the difference.

Read more: Dumont Users Suggest Fee Mods

Although closed under an "emergency action" in 2001, Surprise Canyon Road remains inaccessible to the motorized public beyond the former Chris Wicht Camp site due to a stalled environmental review process.

Read more: Lengthy Closure No Surprise

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