NAC Action Alert
CALIFORNIA
Death Valley National Park
SALINE VALLEY WARM SPRINGS

June 6, 2012

PUBLIC MEETING INFORMATION

TUE - JUNE 12 BISHOP, CA
  Inyo National Forest Office
  351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200
  Bishop, CA 93514

ALL MEETINGS ARE 5 - 8 PM

WED - JUNE 13 RIDGECREST, CA
  Kerr-McGee Center
  100 West California Avenue
  Ridgecrest, CA 93555

THU - JUNE 14 VICTORVILLE, CA
  Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District Office
  14306 Park Avenue
  Victorville, CA  92392

RESOURCES - NAC
2006 NEF-Roper Poll
2009 NEF California Poll

RESOURCES - NPS
Death Valley National Park (general)
Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan EIS
Saline Valley Warm Springs scoping

RESOURCES - GPS
LATITUDE: N3648'199
LONGITUDE: W11746'240

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DATE: June 6, 2012
SUBJECT: California Saline Valley Warm Springs area
                     of Death Valley National Park
TO: Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee is asking for your immediate action on an important matter concerning the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park.

NAC asks that you provide comments to the National Park Service, requesting that consideration of clothing-optional recreation be included in the Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Saline Valley Warm Springs, as that plan moves toward completion. Details follow. 

BRIEF BACKGROUND
Each National Park Service unit has a General Management Plan (GMP) that guides the actions of unit managers. Those plans are updated from time to time. Death Valley National Park has recently announced the initiation of the public scoping process for developing the Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan and environmental impact statement (EIS), which will eventually be included in an update to the 2002 General Management Plan for Death Valley National Park.

For decades, clothing-optional recreation has been a popular choice among visitors to Saline Valley Warm Springs. Park Service managers have largely managed FOR clothing-optional use. Those who participate NOW have the opportunity to set the topics for future discussions. Today, you have a chance to be heard on issues that will guide the use of the warm springs for the next two decades.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?
The Naturist Action Committee is asking you to do just TWO things:

   1) There will be THREE public meetings on the issue of Saline Valley Warm Springs. If you live close enough to attend one or more of the meetings, NAC urges you to do so.

Meetings will take place:
  Tuesday, June 12, in Bishop CA
  Wednesday, June 13, in Ridgecrest, CA
  Thursday, June 14, in Victorville, CA

The Park Service has not published meeting information online. Complete meeting locations and times are available at:
www.naturistaction.org/saline

   2) Whether or not you can attend a one of the public meetings, NAC requests that you immediately send your comments to the Park Service by online form, e-mail, or surface mail, supporting clothing-optional recreation as an important part of ANY plan for Saline Valley warm Springs. Send your comments to the National Park Service at the addresses listed below. 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTS IS AUGUST 6, 2012
You MUST act quickly. The comment period for the Saline Valley Warm Springs scoping process ends on August 6, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Comments at this early stage of the process are particularly valuable, as they will be given considerable weight in preparing the initial draft of the Management Plan and EIS.

WHO SHOULD WRITE?
NAC is asking ALL NATURISTS and other concerned individuals to write, regardless of your residence. National Parks and Seashores belong to ALL of us, and Saline Valley Warm Springs draws visitors from all around the world. 

WHERE TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS
Please send your comments to the National Park Service immediately by at least one of the following methods. 

  A) ONLINE COMMENT FORM (preferred):
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/SalineValleyScoping

  B) E-MAIL: deva_planning@nps.gov
Subject line: SALINE VALLEY GMP/EIS COMMENTS.

  C) POSTAL MAIL:
Saline Valley Management Plan
Superintendent
Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Please do NOT send your comments by fax. Through recent discussions with the Superintendents office, NAC has become aware that fax service at the office Death Valley National Park is presently unreliable.

You may send your comments by MORE THAN ONE means. Regardless of which you choose, NAC would appreciate the opportunity to read your comments. Please send a copy to:

   NAC
   P.O. Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

or by e-mail to: 
info@naturistaction.org

CONTEXT
The purpose of the Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan/EIS is to:

Provide a framework for natural and cultural resources management at the Warm Springs area;

Provide a framework for administration and operations at the Warm Springs area;

Provide a framework for managing visitor use at the Warm Springs area;

Provide guidance for Death Valley National Park managers as they work with various stakeholders of the Warm Springs area; and

Balance management of natural resources, ethnographic resources, and visitor use.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS FOR WHICH THE PARK SERVICE IS PROMPTING ANSWERS
If you have no opinion on a particular question, you may leave your response blank. Please be sure to mention clothing-optional use of Saline Valley Warm Springs in one or more of your responses. The Park Service is soliciting comments on the following specific topics of interest to naturists:

1. What types of recreational use of Saline Valley Warm Springs are important to you?

2. What visitor activities do you feel are appropriate in the Saline Valley Warm Springs area?

3. [This question addresses the matter of feral burros. While its not a naturist issue, per se, you may have an opinion you wish to make known.]

4. How do you feel about the camping situation at the springs?

5. Do you have suggestions about how the National Park Service can best manage the anticipated increase in visitors to Warm Springs over the next 15-20 years?

6. Do you have any concerns about the use of the Chicken Strip airstrip?

WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY?  
Here are some suggested points you may wish to make: 

   1. Identify yourself. Anonymous correspondence is often disregarded. If you are a past or prospective visitor to Saline Valley Warm Springs, please say so prominently.

   2. Be brief and polite.

   3. You should STATE VERY CLEARLY that you wish clothing-optional recreation to be included in the management plan for Saline Valley Warm Springs. It is important that any management plan retain and maintain the traditional clothing-optional use of the Warm Springs and the surrounding area.

   4. Point out that skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing are valid recreational choices. In 2006, the Naturist Education Foundation commissioned the independent Roper polling organization to survey Americans on the topic of clothing-optional recreation. Seventy-four percent of Americans believe that those who enjoy nude sunbathing should be able to do so at a place set aside for that purpose. Saline Valley Warm Springs is located in California. A 2009 NEF Poll of California residents showed an even greater level of support (79%) for clothing-optional recreation on public land.

   5. You may mention that in 2006 national survey, a clear majority (54%) of Americans believe that government agencies should set aside public land specifically for clothing-optional recreation. In the 2009 California Poll, that number was an impressive 70%.

   6. You may mention that traditional clothing-optional areas, like Saline Valley Warm Springs, contribute to the diversity of our National Parks.

   7. Use your own experiences to personalize your comments. This is not the place for complaints. Skinny-dippers and nude sunbathers simply wish to be included in the General Management Plan. 

   8. Consider emphasizing that over the many decades of nude use of the Warm Springs, naturists have been instrumental in maintaining and protecting the Springs from vandalism and environmental degradation.

MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Additional information and links are available, along with this NAC Action Alert on the Web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

   
www.naturistaction.org/saline 

There you will find links to the Park Service web site and the scoping process; links to the proposed plan and other documents will be posted there as they become available. Youll also find links to the 2006 NEF Roper Poll and the 2009 NEF California Poll.

PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!
The Naturist Action Committee is a volunteer nonprofit organization that exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. To do its job, NAC relies entirely on the voluntary generosity of supporters like you. To donate to NAC, use the address below.

   NAC
   PO Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation: www.naturistaction.org/donate/ 

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,

Charles Harris
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Executive Dir. Bob Morton       -
execdir@naturistaction.org
Board Member Charles Harris    -
carlopianoforte@gmail.com
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick  -
naturist@sunclad.com
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