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Pets and pet waste have been a hot topic lately. Watch this quick video from the Jackson Hole Poo-Fairy to be reminded how much of a difference it makes to our environment and recreation experiences when we all scoop the poop! Please remember that leash laws are different everywhere and you need to follow local ordinances and guidelines.
OR-93, the gray wolf that was recently tracked in Mono County, has made his way to Fresno County. This is farther south than any other collared wolf has been. OR-93 is a young male who was collared in June 2020 by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Gray wolves are listed as endangered in CA; report sightings HERE.
Data Driven Solutions
Headwaters Economics is a nonprofit research group known for using data to improve community development and land management. This just released study, Innovative New Ways to Count Outdoor Recreation, investigates how much recreation is happening and where it is happening using novel data sources such as cell phones, fitness trackers and social media. Outdoor recreation is a growing part of our economy. Studies like this, and data demonstrating use trends, can help direct budgets and resources to the most needed areas and anticipate what is needed for the future.
Mammoth at Western Youth Championships
The Mammoth Nordic Racing Team has returned home after traveling to Wyoming and Utah to compete in their final races of the season. The two-day event put the team's season long training and hard work to the test as they competed in the Classic and Freestyle races, including the Nordic X segment with screaming downhills, jumps and a skill section.
The racing team is one of many programs supported by the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association (ESNSA). ESNSA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing cross country skiing opportunities to the Eastern Sierra youth. Visit their website to learn more!
OSV Management Plans for Tahoe Sierra Forests
Several Sierra Tahoe forests will soon release final over-snow-vehicle (OSV) plans designating where snowmobiles, snowcats, and snowbikes can and cannot travel. The designations will be the culmination of several years of planning efforts spurred by a 1972 Executive Order and 2013 settlement to complete the analysis.
These Sierra Tahoe forests - Stanislaus, Plumas, Eldorado, Lassen and Tahoe - are at the forefront of completing the analysis process and releasing final plans. The Huboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is hoping to begin the planning process in Fall 2021 and the Inyo National Forest is also expected to re-initiate winter travel management efforts in 2021.
Winter Travel Management involves multiple public interest groups and a variety of government agencies. The process is long, complex and potentially contentious. The need to work together as a community to share and protect our resources is well said by Plumas National Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton, “We will be recreating, working and living with each other in these communities for a long time after the ink is dry, so while we don’t all need to agree with the final decisions, we do need to have confidence in how we got there." Click the button below to learn more about each of the different forest plans and the history of this process.
Shady Rest Inyo Craters Trail Planning
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