Mission: To preserve and support death valley national park and it's resources and surrounding communities.
Programs: Death valley national park - to study and protect the endangered "devil's hole pupfish" in death valley. To educate the public as to the importance of this endangered species.
death valley fund - to support projects around the park and in conjunction with the national park service. For 2016, projects include:acheological survey and recordation of greenwater rock art sitecreated a detailed survey of the greenwater rock art site using gps to record, photograph and document locations of individual panels to develop baseline data for future condition assessments and produced a site record and gps map of the site including locations of existing user-established trails. Park partners gatheringan annual community development gathering connecting death valley community members and leaders from the government, education, nonprofit and business sectors. Purcase new solar telescope for nps visitor program. Support for nps events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the national historic preservation act. Funded a virtual reality media tour for the nps which will allow visitors at the furnace creek visitor center and from the web to experience a virtual realty visit to one of the park's major historicattractions, "scotty's castle," while is closed until 2020 for major repairs following a majorflood event.
ryan camp: preservation, maintenance and interpretation of the historical mining camp of ryan, ca. To restore and use it for education and a research facility. During 2016, the organization also spent $135,463 to develop and build assets related to ryan camp, including a scanning project. These items have been capitalized and are being depreciated over their useful lives. Ongoing investment in architectural and structural preservation plan projects for the church/rec hall and the bunkhouse 1 stairs and landings.
20 mule team wagons reproductioncreate a functioning set of reproductions of the 1880's era world-famous 20 mule team death valley borax wagons for use in demonstrations, parades, and living history displays and education. During 2016, the organization spent $174,782 to develop and build the reproductions. These items have been capitalized and are being depreciated over their useful lives.
The concept of preserving Death Valley structures /places on behalf of the public interest is a good one, but we are not really sure that's what the DVC does. According to their web page, the DVC has provided a few back packs to kids and hosted one tour up at Ryan which cost a packet to attend. In other words, we are not really sure what this outfit is up to. And based upon unanswered letters and emails to their organization HQ, the DVC won't say.