Janice Allen is a member of the Death Valley Advisory Commission. Since the 1860s, her family has grazed cattle on lands that are now within Death Valley National Park:
"To me, it's
tremendously sad that lots of local people won't even go (to the
park) now. They say, "I don't know where I can go, where I can
drive, camp or build a fire." You can drive down the main road and
look out your window and say you've seen Death Valley park, all 3
million acres of it. That's ridiculous.
resources themselves are no better off. To me, the land was just
fine, it didn't need to be saved. Overall, I don't feel that the
park designation is going to be the great savior of the resource.
What it's going to affect is people's use of it. Over time, people
won't realize how much less of the park they're able to see. People
will accept it more because they don't know what they're not
allowed to see.
"There's an increase in traffic
in the park. Where you used to see a lot of old clunker vehicles
driven by people who were going to come out and stay a while, the
cars you see go by now are part of the SUV crowd - and they're
flying over those roads as fast as they can."