The National Park Service has purchased hundreds of acres of private land within Death Valley National Park.
Park officials released a statement today, saying the 680 acres are a “stunning” addition to the park’s cultural and geological history.
The seven tracts were acquired from the Mojave Desert Land Trust, which purchases land from willing sellers for conservation purposes.
Death Valley National Park used the Land and Water Conversation fund to buy the land.
The tracts include land near the Owlshead Mountains, the Panamint Mountains and in Saline Valley as well as Marble Canyon. Since 2006, the Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired 17 parcels, totaling more than 1,000 acres within Death Valley National Park.