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By Susan Sorrells
Susan Sorrells is owner of Shoshone Propane (Pahrump, Nev.).
Susan Sorrells is one of the ...
Susan Sorrells is one of the locals.
She grew up in nearby Shoshone and now owns the tiny tourist town.
A big believer in both ecotourism and the power of nature, Sorrells
already has carved out several acres of property as a refuge for wildlife including the Shoshone pupfish, which also was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the area in the 1980s.
is working with the vole team to restore some habitat for the endangered rodent on a half acre right in the center of town.
It's the least she
After all, her great-grandfather, R.J. "Dad" Fairbanks, founded Shoshone and likely played a role in wiping out the voles that used to live there.
said Fairbanks was a freighter who ran a mule team into Death Valley in the late 1800s.
To feed his
team and protect his
diverted spring water in the area to grow hay instead of bulrush.
"I don't blame him for that," she
"It was a different time."
excited to be a part of the effort to return the vole to Shoshone
"We are looking forward to creating habitat that would really bring the voles home to where they were first discovered," she
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Susan Sorrells - Co-President
grew up in Shoshone, California as a member of the Fairbanks
Brown pioneer family.
graduated from Smith College
and after college worked for Senator Kuchel in Washington D.C. under the direction of Leon Panetta.
This position led to a job as a community worker for the Cornerstone Project in Atlanta, Georgia.
She left Georgia for the Peace Corps and worked as a schoolteacher and community worker in Liberia, West Africa.
She then attended UCLA where she got a Masters Degree in African Studies.
After living in Europe for several years she
returned to her
home in Shoshone.
She has been involved in many conservation and community organizations in Inyo County and was founding member of the Death Valley Health Center, the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Shoshone Museum Association.
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PO Box 67 , Shoshone CA 92384
Business: State Highway 127
760.852.4224 , Fax: 760.852.4250
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By Susan Sorrells