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Established in 1978, the Eastern Sierra Symphony (ESS) has a tradition of excellence. ESS started as the Sierra Summer Festival, growing to a chamber orchestra and now is a full-sized orchestra. With their traditional educational programs on hold due to COVID-19, ESS began the "Song and Wind" project for Mammoth Middle and High school students. Learn more HERE!



The U.S. Forest Service issued a Decision Notice approving the East Zone Connectivity Project for new trail construction near Truckee, CA. According to the News Release, the project will make key connections to communities with 70 miles of motorcycle single-track, restore 41 miles of user-created trails through sensitive areas and construct new staging areas and trailheads.



Even with closures and restrictions for part of the year, more than one-half of the state park systems in the U.S. had increased visitation in 2020. Yet, when talking budgets, the trend is downward. Most states struggle to fully fund the parks and open spaces that became a necessary refuge through the pandemic. Discover how some states are finding alternative ways to fund their parks.



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As 2020 visitation numbers and trends from across the U.S. trickle in, the overall conclusion is an increase in utilization of the the natural environment and outdoor recreation opportunities. Overall, visitor hours were down for the National Park Service, but 15 parks set visitation records!

For an in-depth look at 2020 visitation statistics, visit the National Park Service

Social Science website.

For national summaries and individual park figures, visit the

National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics website.

For tips on planning and preparing for the summer outdoor recreation season

read this article from


State Embraces Nature-Based Solutions

California's 30 by 30 Initiative - the State’s commitment to conserve 30 percent of California’s lands and coastal waters by 2030 and accelerate nature-based solutions to address climate change - is taking shape and hitting the road.

California Natural Resources Agency is hosting a series of virtual regional workshops to introduce and gather input on the 30 by 30 Initiative and acceleration of nature-based solutions to combat climate change.

Input received during the workshops will inform implementation of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, N-82-20, on Nature-Based Solutions and the 2021 State Adaptation Strategy update. The Sierra Nevada Region is scheduled for April 28, 2021.


Visit the Expanding Nature-Based Solutions webpage for information and watch the webinar to learn more about how California plans to deliver on the nature-based solutions Executive Order!


Community Meeting Kicks-Off Planning Project

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Last Thursday, the trails community came together to learn about the Shady Rest Inyo Craters Trail Planning project currently underway by the Mammoth Lakes Trail System. Broadcast over Zoom and MLR's Facebook Live, 75 people were able to follow along as Trails Manger Joel Rathje presented information, techniques and maps for the project. As hoped, there was very thoughtful and engaging conversations among the panelists and participants with plenty of time for Q&A. Thank you to all who attended! If you missed the meeting, or just want a recap, click on one of the broadcast links above or visit to catch up.

Stay tuned for information on the next meeting scheduled for June. The Trails team is hoping to have an in-person, interactive planning session at Shady Rest Park in Mammoth Lakes with guided tours though the planning area.

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