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Death Valley Conservancy

– Continuing the Adventures for Present and Future Generations –


Bobby Tanner 2011 DVC

Bobby Tanner

It is with great sadness the Death Valley Conservancy confirms the passing of Bobby Tanner on June 22, 2024. Bobby was essential to the re-creation and operation of the Twenty-Mule Team, and a dear friend. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his immediate family, Claudia and Bo, as well as his extended family and his many friends and colleagues.

Death Valley is one of the largest and most fascinating of America’s 58 national parks. With your generous support, the DVC works to preserve and protect its many treasures for present and future generations!

In 2006 a group of long-time, dedicated Death Valley enthusiasts met and worked with the NPS to explore creation a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to develop public support and major funding for projects and programs that enhance research, education, historic preservation and the visitor experience within Death Valley National Park and the surrounding communities.

Death Valley Conservancy - Borax Twenty Mule Team® of Death Valley exact replica wagons.
Borax Twenty Mule Team® of Death Valley exact replica wagons.

The “Death Valley Conservancy” (DVC) was incorporated on February 11, 2008 (the 74th anniversary of President Hoover’s designation of Death Valley as a “National Monument”) and is now the largest nonprofit in the region.

Death Valley is of legend… an otherworldly, special place that holds its own place among America’s stunning, treasured landscapes. It is a study in extremes – lowest, tallest, hottest, and driest are just a few of the adjectives used to describe this region. But it is also a region rich in human history. Before the arrival of pioneers from the east in the 1800’s, numerous Indian tribes used this region for hunting and gathering.

The first modern use of the park was for mining, and many abandoned mining camps and towns dot the landscape today. Its transition and use as a tourist destination and recreation area began less than 100 years ago, and the development of the Death Valley region was intimately tied to the creation of the US National Park Service as borax miner and philanthropist Stephen Mather worked with Death Valley area local, Horace Albright, in Washington DC to promote and create the National Park Service via the “Organic Act of 1916” – often using his personal funds to do so!

Badwater Basin, -282 ft. below sea level. Death Valley National Park.
Badwater Basin, -282 ft. below sea level.
Park proponents Horace Albright at left, Stephen Mather at right.
Park proponents Horace Albright at left, Stephen Mather at right.

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