'They're just too rigid'

  • Reuben Scolnik

    Michelle Nijhuis photo
 

Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.

Reuben Scolnik is a longtime Death Valley National Park volunteer:

"In order to accomplish their mission, (the Park Service) is slowly making it less interesting for the average person to visit the park. As I look at it, I don't think it's as interesting as it was. They've gotten so caught up with what they're doing they've forgotten that their mission is not just to preserve the resources but to help the public enjoy the park. They're all good people, they really are. They're just too rigid, they go overboard. But they're young. Everybody's young when I look at them."