Longtime Death Valley resident Janice Allen believes the area is not helped by its designation as a national park.
Park enemies in Congress reduced the budget for the new Mojave National Preserve to one dollar - an extreme example of the way Congress often creates parks and monuments but is reluctant to provide any money to support them.
Local resident Kathy Goss is disillusioned by the way environmentalists pushed the Desert Protection Act.
The decision to put the BLM, rather than the Park Service, in charge of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, is part of a trend toward blurring the lines among the roles of the federal land management agencies.
Death Valley environmental specialist Dick Anderson defends the Desert Protection Act as necessary to save wild lands.
Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.
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