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2015 Badwater 135

 

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Badwater 135, the world’s toughest foot race, will be held July 28

-30 on the traditional route from Badwater to Mt. Whitney. The race will have a three-wave start in the evening, but will otherwise be held essentially identically to previous Badwater 135 races*. As was the case in 2014, 100 runners will be accepted to compete and each entrant will be limited to just one support vehicle and a maximum of four crew members. We are excited to return to Death Valley!

Applications will be accepted January 19 to February 2 ONLY and additional details are on the race website.  We hope you will join us for one or more BADWATER® events in 2015!

We will have a more detailed announcement after the New Year regarding the new rules and regulations for operating sporting events within Death Valley National Park. Most of the impact of the new rules will be on us, the organizers, with more bureaucracy and additional expenses. Event participants and support crews won’t see too much that is different, other than more rules to follow.

The BADWATER® ULTRA CUP comprises Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in May, and Badwater 135 in July. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine.

Registration is already open for the first two Badwater races in 2015. Sign up now!

2015 ADVENTURECORPS / BADWATER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

March 21, 2015 (Saturday)
BADWATER Cape Fear
50km or 51mi
Bald Head Island, North Carolina
Registration is open NOW! Over 60 runners already registered!
Come for several days and make it a spring break vacation for your family or running buddies!
http://www.badwater.com/capefear/

May 3-4, 2015 (Sunday-Monday)
BADWATER Salton Sea
81 miles (All runners must enter as a team of three and run TOGETHER, not as a relay, for the duration.)
Borrego Springs, California
Registration is open NOW!
http://www.badwater.com/ss/

July 28-30, 2015 (Tuesday-Thursday)
BADWATER 135
135 miles
Furnace Creek, California
Applications will be accepted January 19 to February 2 ONLY
http://www.badwater.com

October 17-30, 2015
BADWATER Presents Mustang Trail Race
Eight-Day Stage Race within a 14-Day Adventure in Nepal!
Registration opens very soon!
Limited to just 25 entrants!
http://www.badwater.com/nepal/

ALSO:
September 19-21, 2015 (Saturday-Monday)
Silver State 508 Ultracycling Race
508 miles
Reno, Nevada
Registration opens March 9.
http://www.the508.com

COMING IN FALL, 2016:

Badwater Cerro Gordo
100 miles
Lone Pine, CA
The Badwater Cerro Gordo 100-mile footrace is one of the most demanding and extreme running races offered anywhere on the planet. Based upon the Badwater 135 route used in 2014, it covers 100 miles (162km) non-stop from Lone Pine, CA to the summit of Horseshoe Meadow (elev. 10,000 feet / 3048m), then across the Owens Valley to a 5,500 foot dirt road ascent to the ghost town of Cerro Gordo, and then, after passing through Lone Pine, a final dramatic ascent to the highest paved point on Mt. Whitney, CA. Additional details forthcoming.

OTHER NEWS
- Watch for our Full-Page ads in the next two editions of ULTRA Running Magazine!
- The brand new, totally redesigned Badwater.com website will go live in December!
- Lots of great Badwater gear and commemoratives are available in the Badwater Store hosted at ZombieRunner! Click http://tinyurl.com/BadwaterStore

HOLIDAY SHOPPING!
We have great gifts and really useful and motivational Badwater goodies, including the July 2014 60-page, full color BADWATER Magazine, plus Badwater sunglasses in lots of colors, reflective Badwater ZZYXXZ t-shirts and women’s tank tops, Badwater Headsweats hats with reflective thread, Badwater Lip Balm, tote backpacks, towels, bumper sticks, baby onesies, books, and much more! It is all available at our online store hosted by Zombierunner, owned by Badwater 135 veterans Don Lundell and Gillian Robinson! Click on over to:
http://tinyurl.com/BadwaterStore

JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
Join us on Twitter: @badwater (Use hashtags #badwaterCF, #badwaterSS, or #badwater135, depending on the race you are referencing!)
Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/badwater135
Join us on Instagram: @badwaterHQ

We hope you have a fantastic holiday season and we look forward to sharing some great adventures with you in 2015! Thanks for your support!

Yours in sport,
Chris Kostman,
Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director


AdventureCORPS, Inc.
638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311
Oak Park, CA 91377 USA

Zabriskie Point Closed to Visitors for Winter Season

Death Valley, CA–Death Valley National Park announced that starting December 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding areas will be closed for major rehabilitation work to the site. Contractors will be on site to repair unstable support walls and improve safety conditions. Currently, the walls are deteriorating to the extent that they pose a danger to public safety.

 

The popular vista was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the 1920s and was named after the company’s vice president and general manager, Christian Zabriskie. The site was originally intended as a waystop for visitors in automobiles to see Manly Beacon, the prominent landmark in Death Valley’s “Badlands”. It remains as one of the most visited areas within the park.

 

Other venues in the area to visit during the closure recommended by park staff are Golden Canyon, Artist’s Drive, or Dante’s View for exceptional vistas of the valley floor and distant peaks. To plan your trip to the park, see www.nps.gov/deva.

 

During construction, CA Hwy 190 will remain open to through traffic.

 

 

 

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Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fee on Veteran’s Day Weekend

Death Valley, CA–The National Park Service invites you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available at Death Valley National Park in commemoration of Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014.  Now that the weather has cooled down, you can enjoy being outdoors again in all areas of the park. Only entrance fees will be waived. Camping fees and expanded amenity fees, such as Scotty’s Castle tour tickets, will still apply. Please check the park’s website www.nps.gov/deva for the latest information on road closures.

 

All National Park units will waive entrance fees in honor of the Veteran’s Day holiday. For more information about Death Valley NP, call 760-786-3200 or see http://nps.gov/deva. For more information about other fee free days in National Parks, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

 

 

 

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Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fees to Celebrate Historic Legislation Leading to National Park Status

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Death Valley, CA–Death Valley National Park invites the public to “Wilderness Week” October 26-November 2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act (CDPA). In 1964, the Wilderness Act created a national system of wilderness “for the permanent good of the whole people.” These areas were to offer places that were “undeveloped…and retaining its primeval character and influence, protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions.” Events during the week will be combined to celebrate the California Desert Protection Act, which changed Death Valley’s status from a national monument to a national park.  Death Valley is now 91% designated wilderness and the largest national park in the lower 48 states. Entrance fees will be waived on Friday October 31 and November 1 to commemorate the historic legislation.

The Wilderness Week celebration will kick off with a dark sky program that will highlight Death Valley’s pristine night sky and recognition as the largest International Dark Sky Park in the world. During the week, park rangers will lead wilderness hikes from the Furnace Creek area, and feature a photography exhibit in the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Interpretive programs during the 2014 season will include a message about the significance of the CDPA and Wilderness Act. Staff will showcase a display entitled “Faces of Wilderness” to recognize the people who helped pass these significant pieces of legislation.

On Friday evening (10/31) there will be an event in the Furnace Creek auditorium, featuring Ed Rothfuss, former Superintendent of Death Valley NP during the lead up and passing of the CDPA. At this event, the park staff will recognize those citizens who were instrumental in contributing their time and expertise to the arduous work of passing this legislation. This day is the actual 20thanniversary date! On Saturday (11/1), there will be multiple activities, including speakers, hikes, workshops, and other festivities to commemorate the event. A late afternoon session will feature former Western Director of the Wilderness Society, Patricia Schifferle, who coordinated much of the citizen advocacy efforts during this time.

For more information and schedule of events, see http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/upload/Wilderness-Week-schedule-for-web.pdf,  or call 760-786-3207.

 

 

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Scotty’s Castle Road Reopens, Construction Delays Continue in Death Valley National Park

Scotty’s Castle Road will fully reopen to through traffic on Friday, April 11, 2014. Scotty’s Castle Road, also known as Bonnie Claire Road, is located in the northern part of Death Valley National Park, and provides access to Scotty’s Castle historic house museum.

 

Construction will continue after the road reopens. The project includes widening lanes, replacing the historic concrete fence line, installing flash flood mitigation, and repaving the road. A separate chip seal road project will begin on the 33-mile southern section of the road between CA-190 and Grapevine Ranger Station on Monday, April 14th. This section of the road may have 15-minute delays. Additionally, the northern 8-mile section of the road between Grapevine and the park boundary may have 30-minute delays. This net total of 45-minute delays on Scotty’s Castle Road is possible until mid-May.

 

Currently Scotty’s Castle house tours are offered from 10:00am to 3:00pm, at least every hour. Tour schedules will be reduced for the summer season. Starting Sunday, April 21, the minimum daily schedule will be house tours at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00, although more tours may be added. Underground tours will resume in the fall.

 

Reservations for tours can be made up to 9pm the night before at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. On the day of the tour, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Scotty’s Castle.

 

For general information about Death Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov/deva. For general information about Scotty’s Castle, visit go.nps.gov/scottyscastle or call 760-786-2392.

 

 

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AdventureCORPS Presents Badwater Immersion on May 2-4, 2014 in Borrego Springs, CA

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Would you like to learn all about Badwater® and Ultrarunning, without having to run 50 to 135 miles? Would you like to enjoy a 48-hour active learning get-away in an awesome Southern California oasis in the company of high-energy, super friendly, very accomplished people like yourself? If so, AdventureCORPS invites you to immerse yourself in the world of ultra running and Badwater with some of the biggest names and most insightful coaches, promoters, and professionals ever assembled. Come to learn, to have fun, to expand your horizons, to learn the secrets of longevity, health, and more in this jam-packed weekend get-away held at a southern California desert oasis. Come to Badwater Immersion on May 2-4 in Borrego Springs, CA! Tuition costs just $79 for runners and crews entered in Badwater Salton Sea and just $99 for the general public. Registration closes on April 30. Open to the public, to anyone with on the quest to know and do more, Badwater Immersion will be held immediately before the world-famous Badwater Salton Sea race, giving participants the chance to rub elbows, run, practice yoga, and hang out with some of ultra running’s most elite athletes. Invitation to attend is extended to anyone interested in the BADWATER events and Ultra Running, whether as a competitor or crew member. The program includes two morning runs through Borrego Springs, Yoga Tune Up® and Yoga For Athletes classes, a three-hour hike, and four sessions of programs on subjects such as “Designing a Multi-Year Plan to Compete in a Pinnacle Event,” “Crewing 101,” “Finding a Balance in Your Life,” “Mental Aspects of Ultra Sports,” and “Conquering Your Life’s Badwaters.” Presenters include Marshall Ulrich, Jimmy Dean Freeman, Frank McKinney, and Laurie Kostman, plus an all-star panel of Badwater veterans for a round-table Q&A. Info below. More info: http://www.badwater.com/immersion/ Meet our incredible line-up of presenters: Marshall Ulrich is known by many as the ultimate endurance athlete. He has run more than 120 ultramarathons averaging over 125 miles each, completed 12 expedition-length adventure races, and climbed the Seven Summits all on his first attempts. He is a nineteen-time finisher of the Badwater 135 and completed the 2013 Badwater Salton Sea on Team Stray Dogs, as well as Furnace Creek 508 in 1996. Marshall also finished the first-ever circumnavigation on foot of Death Valley National Park, about 425 miles in one of the hottest, driest places on earth, during the most blistering month in U.S. history (July 2012). He’s ranked this expedition as tougher than ascending Mount Everest, but not as challenging as his record-setting transcontinental run of more than 3,000 miles from San Francisco to New York City, which was the subject of his memoir, Running on Empty. In his sixties and still actively competing, Marshall inspires adventurers, active and armchair athletes, and a growing general audience by sharing his experiences and defying the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible.” Jimmy Dean Freeman is founder and head coach of Coyote Running in the Los Angeles area and is a veteran finisher of the 2010 Badwater 135 and 2013 Badwater Salton Sea. His Badwater 135 experience also includes crewing and pacing for Jorge Pacheco in 2009 and serving as crew chief and pacer for Kurt Lindermueller in 2011 and then Jay Smithberger in 2013. Jimmy is known for his pep talks and his emphasis on training the mind and mentality like a muscle. Since 2002, he has coached thousands of adults and young people to run more often, run further and run easier by helping dispel myths about running and creating an uplifting environment to propel people to break through self-imposed glass ceilings. Jimmy has been running competitively for nearly 30 years (200+ races, including the Angeles Crest 100, the Western States 100) and has over 13 years of coaching experience tackling ultra endurance over the last 7 years of that span. He has helped many runners & athletes to complete their first ultra trail races and 100 milers, and has personally completed 20+ races of 50 miles (or further) since 2005 while only failing to finish 3 races over that stretch. Personal bests include a 1:18 Half Marathon, 2:56 Marathon, 3:56 50k,7:07 50 Mile & 17:34 100 Mile. Frank McKinney is an eight-time entrant and six-time finisher of the Badwater 135. He is also a Real Estate Artist, 5-time International Bestselling Author, super hero meets Robin Hood, Philanthro-Capitalist, Risk-Taker, Ultramarathoner, Actor and Visionary who sees opportunities and creates markets where none existed before. Frank creates real estate markets where others dare to tread. He has built spec homes (homes built without a buyer) valued in the tens of millions of dollars. Since his first $2.2 million oceanfront spec home in 1992, Frank has created and sold 41 oceanfront properties with an average selling price over $14 million. Most importantly, Frank founded Caring House Project Foundation, which, in 2014, is planning to build its 21st self-sufficient village in Ravine a’ Couleuvre, a small Haitian enclave near the Town of L’Estere (pop 3,000). Kate Martini Freeman co-founded Coyote Running with her husband, Jimmy. She crewed the Badwater 135 for Shannon Farar-Griefer in 2011 & 2013, as well as Badwater Salton Sea in 2013 for Team Coyote, who went on to be the race champions. She completed her first race in 2002, the Kona Marathon (4:59:51) and has since lowered her marathon PR to 2:58:30. She has gone on to complete over 35 marathons. In 2006 and 2007 she focused on triathlons, most notably placing third in her age group in a full Ironman distance triathlon. In 2009 she ventured into the world of ultramarathons, completing a handful of 50k’s (winning five of them), two 50-milers, a 100k and two 100 mile trail runs. Her current goals (besides healing from a broken leg she brought back from a night time running excursion down a mountain in Iceland) are to improve her marathon time, test the boundaries of what she can run on the trails and inspire as many people as possible along the way. By day she exercises her passion for the arts, as a creative director for a beauty company. Her early mornings and evenings are spent running with and coaching the most fun category of people on the planet (crazy ultra-runners). Laurie Kostman is a fitness professional and exercise specialist with over 20 years of experience. She first joined the AdentureCORPS race staff in 2003 and has worked at five Badwater 135 races, the 2013 Badwater Salton Sea, and seven Furnace Creek 508 races. She also teaches yoga classes at all AdventureCORPS cycling camps and events. Laurie was trained as a yoga teacher at the world renowned White Lotus Foundation and holds a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 instructor certification and Yoga Tune Up® certification, as well as personal trainer, Mat Pilates, and indoor cycling certifications. As an outdoor athlete, Laurie is a veteran of Hell Week Texas, the 2011 Million Dollar Challenge (San Francisco to La Jolla by tandem bicycle: 620 miles in seven days on behalf of Challenged Athletes Foundation), and she ran her first marathon during the Ironman Revisited Triathlon in 2005. She serves at Chief Wellness Officer for AdventureCORPS and as a Group Fitness Instructor for Equinox in Woodland Hills, Encino, and Westlake Village, CA. She is a mother of two and incredible wife. Chris Kostman has been the race director of the Badwater 135 since 2000 and has been producing ultra-distance sports events since 1984. He got his start early in ultra sports: He set world ultra cycling records in high school in 1984 and 1985 (riding against the clock from San Francisco City Hall to Los Angeles Cith Hall) and completed the 3127-mile, eleven-day Race Across America bicycle race at age 20 in 1987. That was a springboard to competing in events as diverse as the Triple Ironman in France, the 6.5-mile Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Canada, numerous winter ultras on mountain bike or snowshoes in Alaska, and scores of 24-hour mountain bike races and 200-mile or longer road bike races. He ran the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon and has run three 100-mile foot race on showshoes. Through his company, AdventureCORPS, he productes events such as the venerable Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race and the world-famous Badwater Ultramarathon 135-mile foot race and its sister events, Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater Cape Fear. Chris has also published over 250 articles about the endurance world. All the info: http://www.badwater.com/immersion/
The BADWATER ULTRA CUP comprises Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in May, and Badwater 135 in July. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine. More info below and here. BADWATER® CAPE FEAR The BADWATER® ultra running experience came to the East Coast for the first time when the inaugural BADWATER CAPE FEAR race tookl place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 22, 2014. Besides featuring a 50km/51-mile ultra running race, this new event was also designed as a Spring Break Vacation and Badwater Family Reunion at a remote island get-away. The race features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. It is a dramatic, invigorating, inspiring setting to experience Cape Fear in all its grandeur! There were multiple social events and outdoor activities held in the days before and after the actual race, so many entrants made a 3- to 5-day trip out of the adventure and brought their family, friends, and club mates! 80 runners competed in the inaugural edition. All the info is at http://www.badwater.com/capefear/ BADWATER® SALTON SEA This remarkable race, first held in 2013, challenges 25 teams of three ultrarunners – running together for the duration, not in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. Scheduled for May 5-6, the race covers 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd edition of this highly acclaimed race. All the info is athttp://www.badwater.com/ss/ BADWATER® 135 “The World’s Toughest Foot Race” is going through an evolution this year because of permitting issues with the National Park Service. Scheduled for July 21-23, the new and improved 135-Mile World Championship event will feature an incredible route based in Lone Pine, CA and which does NOT pass through Death Valley National Park. The 2014 route features over 19,000 feet of elevation gain, two dramatic ascents into the Sierra Nevada to 10,000 feet and 8300 feet, and a 15-mile, self-supported, dirt road trek to Cerro Gordo, an authentic ghost town. As always, the finish line is at Mt. Whitney Portal. Al field of 100 runners representing 25 countries has been selected to compete. All the info is at http://www.badwater.com Contact: Chris Kostman, Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director AdventureCORPS, Inc. 638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311 Oak Park, CA 91377 USA http://www.adventurecorps.com http://www.badwater.com

Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park to Celebrate National Park Week

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The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20, 2014 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

National Park Week runs from April 19-27, 2014. As part of the week, the Death Valley National Park will promote junior ranger activities for National Junior Ranger Day on April 26th. Materials are available at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

The wildflowers are out in force this year, despite a drought in the rest of California. In some areas of the park there is an abundance of wildflowers along the roads and are draping hillsides with color. Or you can enjoy a day at the Mesquite Sand Dunes, wind your way through Golden Canyon, or stay cool with a visit to Scotty’s Castle. Stroll along the salt flats at Badwater or see the colorful display of minerals at Artist’s Palette. Temperatures are expected to be warm, so carry plenty of water and sunscreen, and plan outdoor activities for early in the day.

This year’s theme of “Go Wild!” coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Of Death Valley’s 3.4 million acres, 93% of the park is designated wilderness, offering unique natural experiences and outstanding opportunities for solitude.

To help plan your trip, go to www.nps.gov/deva, or call 760-786-3200 for more information. See www.nps.gov/npweek for more information on National Park Week.

 

 

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Death Valley National Park Hosts Third Annual MarsFest: Linking Extremes of Earth and Space

Death Valley National Park announces the third annual MarsFest March 28-30, 2014. MarsFest is designed to elevate public awareness about planetary analog research taking place on Earth, and its associated missions in space such as Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the upcoming 2020 missions.

The National Park Service is proud to collaborate again this year with the SETI Institute (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), various NASA branches, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to bring scientists and the public together to explore the fascinating research being done in this field.

Death Valley National Park encompasses some of the most extreme environments on the planet.  For decades, planetary scientists have come to the park to conduct research and instrument testing.  There are several planetary analog research sites —sites that are equivalent to those on other planets–within the park’s boundaries. Field trips to some of the sites are scheduled for Saturday March 29th.

The event is free and requires no registration, and is appropriate for all ages. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist within the Space Science Division of NASA Ames, and will also feature scientist-led field trips to analog sites such as Badwater Basin, Ubehebe Volcanic Field, and Mesquite Sand Dunes The event will also offer guest lectures and special presentations at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. An additional feature is a “Curiosity Hour” update featuring scientists participating in the MSL Curiosity rover mission, followed by a Q&A session.

For more information and a schedule of events, see http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/marsfest-2014 or Terry Baldino at terry_baldino@nps.gov760-786-3279.

 

 

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Tourism to Death Valley National Park creates $78 million in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 929 jobs in local economy

Death Valley, CA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 1 million visitors to Death Valley National Park in 2012 spent $78 million in communities nearthe park. That spending supported 929 jobs in the local area.

“Death Valley National Park is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said superintendent Kathy Billings. “We are delighted to share the storyof this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National Park tourism is asignificant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciatethe partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz forthe National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spendingsupported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and otheramusement and recreation (20 percent).

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with California

communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment,and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/CALIFORNIA.

 

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Death Valley National Parks Announces Wilderness Walk Series

Death Valley National Parks Announces Wilderness Walk Series

in Celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

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Death Valley, CA–Join Death Valley National Park in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by participating in a “Wilderness Walk” within the 3.1 million acres of designated wilderness in the lower 48’s largest designated area.

 

Wilderness is a specific designation bestowed by Congress for the “permanent good of the whole people”. Congress established a National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964 to be composed of federally owned areas for the preservation of wilderness character, which retains qualities such as natural, undeveloped, untrammeled, and offers opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation.

 

The walks will be held this spring on “Wilderness Wednesdays” and will commence on March 5, 2014. Following dates will be March 12, 19, and 26 and April 2, until resumption in the fall.  There will be family friendly hikes from 2-3 hours, or longer excursions from 4-6 hours, including driving time to destinations not regularly visited by the park’s guided hikes. All hikes will be within a 45 minute drive of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. In addition, the park will offer programs that touch on the wilderness theme throughout the year.

 

The hikes will be led by the park’s wilderness coordinator Ranger Charlie Callagan, a 23-year veteran of the park. Ranger Callagan worked in the park before it had any protected wilderness. The California Desert Protection Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, changing Death Valley’s status from a National Monument to a National Park, and adding 1.3 million acres of former Bureau of Land Management land.

 

Walks will be limited to 15 people, so advance registration is necessary. Sign up starts the Monday before the hike, you can stop by the Furnace Creek Visitor Center front desk to register. For more information about Death Valley National Park go to www.nps.gov/deva.

 

 

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