Government, who wished to turn Death Valley into a National Monument, tried to evict Scotty. Scotty gotout of the difficulty by claiming that there was no mine (and indeed the mine has never been found) so hiswife could not claim a share of money that did not exist! As for the Government they were flummoxedwhen Scotty invoked the old homesteader laws to keep the castle. Scott and Johnson lived in the castle for the rest of their lives, still coming to town, throwing gold about, and making people wonder.Death Valley was designated a national monument in 1933. In 1984 it was recognized as aBiosphere Reserve due to its many unique plant and animal species. It was finally enlarged and upgradedto National Park status in 1994.
The History of the Ashringa in Death Valley
The first Ashringa in Death Valley were Nhurim who were the kinfolk of the
culture and the Arctic tarpan. These ancient werehorses opened the Grace of the Ancient Waters on theshore of Lake Manly about 6,000 years ago. As the tribes came and went from Death Valley the Nhurimstayed to care for the dwell. At this point the extinction of their horse kin combined with the disappearanceof Lake Manly and the actions of the prospectors caused the bão to abandon the Dwell.The prospectors did not come alone, however. With the miners came the “miner’s canary,” thelittle gray donkey, that carried the prospectors ore. The abandoning of Death Valley after the boom daysresulted in the abandonment of these burros into the park. With the burros came the Nimbi, includingWalter Scott and Albert Johnson. The two Nimbi used their connection with the Faerie folk to borrow goldfrom the Elvin city of Shin-au-av. When the government and Scotty’s wife threatened both the Nimbi’s andthe Fae’s safety the two Nimbi traveled deep into the Umbra where they not only awakened the originalDwell’s totem but also brought forth the spirit of The Great Spotted Roadrunner who was only to happy togive them advice on outwitting their opponents.Called by the feelings of fellowship from the newly reopened Dwell, the Nhurim came back toDeath Valley and joined their small cousins. Eventually, as the number of immigrants increased inCalifornia, the other bãos also came to the valley. Some of them promptly opened minor dwells in the greatwilderness but all acknowledged the authority of the old dwell and eventually formed the Tomesha Councilto govern Ashringa affairs in the United States.The American governments attempt to exterminate wild horses from the National Parks wasfinally enacted in the 1980’s. Between 1983 and 1987, over 6,000 burros, 87 horses, and 4 mules wereremoved from the park. The government claimed that the equines were overgrazing the grass eaten by bighorn sheep and fouling waterholes. When naturalist disagreed, pointing out that the sheep inhabitdifferent mountain ranges than the burros and that burros actually dig waterholes that benefit wildlife, thegovernment simply claimed it was attempting to make the park look the same as it had before the 49ers hadarrived. To the dismay of officials however new burros and horses moved in from the surrounding parks.Attempts to remove these horses however have been stifled by the Ashringa who hide the herds whenever aroundup is scheduled. Today, despite removal attempts, about 200 burros can be found in Death Valley andan unknown number of burros and mustangs inhabit the neighboring parks.
Flora & Fauna
The abundance of plant and animal life in Death Valley and its surrounding parks is surprising and, as if to remind visitors that this area was once an inland sea, alarge number of species seems more suited for a wetlands habitat instead of a desert.This is most obvious with the animals which include six species of pupfish, a shrimp,and a sea snail which are found nowhere else on Earth. In addition to physical life thelocal Indians also peopled the valley with many spirits, most of them of the faerie type.As for human life, it is mostly confined to tourists.