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June 02, 2021

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Sustainability. Quality of Life.

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CAMPING
On Tuesday 5/25, the Eastern Sierra Dispersed Camping Collaborative held a Town Hall meeting to discuss the current efforts to educate campers in hopes of eliminating trash, waste and illegal fires. Learn how to "Camp Like a Pro" and use the interactive camping map HERE. You can also visit MLRs Adopt-A-Dumpster page to learn more about temporary infrastructure needs in the Eastern Sierra and how you can help sponsor a trash dumpster or porta-potty for the season.
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FISH
The CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) has suspended all fish planting from the Hot Creek Trout Hatchery in Mono County as a bacterial outbreak has been detected at the facility. CDFW has quarantined the facility, halted all fish planting, and is preparing to test and vaccinate the fish stocks. Lactococcus garvieae is the same bacteria that forced the quarantine and suspension of fish planting last year at 3 CDFW trout hatcheries in California.
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MICRO BUS
What is The Micro Bus? Would it work in the Eastern Sierra? Mammoth Lakes? The Micro Bus is a pilot micro-transit service in communities on the west side of Merced County. It's a cross between an Uber/Lyft and a public transit system. It's a defined service area with virtual stops every 1/4 mile. It's an app (or website, or customer service agent, for those not using a smartphone) that allows riders to choose preferred pickup/drop-off times and pay the fare in advance!
LOCAL UPDATES

Summer is Here!

It was a busy Memorial Day Weekend; seemingly turning to the busy summer season overnight! Here are some highlights of what's going on:
  • Inyo NF and BLM entered into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on 5/24
  • Mammoth Lakes Fire Department has prohibited recreational fires within town limits
  • Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park opened on 5/27
  • Lake Mary Road into the Mammoth Lakes Basin opened on 5/28
  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park opened on 5/28
WILDLIFE

Wildlife Crossings Are Easy to Agree Upon

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The Trailhead has previously featured news on wildlife crossings and the wildlife fencing currently in queue for the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport. Cal-Trans and California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted a Highway 395/203 Wildlife Crossing Study lending to hopeful talks and plans to build a crossing over Highway 395 in Mono County.

The New York Times recently highlighted the benefits and support seen across the country for wildlife crossings. The article talks abut how the Wyoming Department of Transportation joined with the state wildlife agency and nonprofit groups to create a series of wildlife crossings; dropping vehicular collisions by roughly 90 percent!

The value of animal crossings is something that both environmentalists and transportation officials can agree on after seeing success stories in Europe, Canada and more recently the United States.

Funding is often the most daunting barrier to a successful project, but that may get easier. A bipartisan Senate version of the transportation bill being hammered out in Congress includes $350 million for wildlife crossings and corridors. Even without exorbitant amounts of funding, a project can move forward and be successful as seen with Utah's newest crossing. The state designed a crossing around the funding they had, and constructed a crossing thought to be far too narrow. But, lo and behold, it was used by the wildlife instantly - happy to have a safe crossing, no matter the size.

Read the full article highlighting wildlife crossings and enjoy the dramatic footage!
America's "newest" National Park just keeps making the headlines. As we know here in the Eastern Sierra, there's a fine balance between the economic benefits of tourism and the carrying capacity of land and infrastructure.
Last week, CNN highlighted the many noteworthy attractions that warrant New River Gorges' recent designation, and the changing drivers of the local economy.
NATIONAL PARKS

New River Gorge - Again

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Shady Rest Inyo Craters Trail Planning Survey

Scan the QR Code or CLICK HERE to participate!
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Next Community Meeting:

June 17, 2021 - 5:00pm

IN-PERSON @ Shady Rest Park

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CATCH UP

5/25 - Eastern Sierra Dispersed Camping Collaborative: Town Hall Meeting (English)

5/25 - Eastern Sierra Dispersed Camping Collaborative: Town Hall Meeting (Spanish)

5/28 - KMMT Radio Interview: Mammoth Lakes Trail System - Summer of Trail Days
UPCOMING

06/01 - 06/02 - Outdoor Recreation Roundtable: Partners Outdoors

06/02 - CRNA/OPR: Register - 2021 State Adaptation Strategy Regional Workshop: Northern Sierra Nevada

06/03 -CRNA/OPR: 2021 State Adaptation Strategy Regional Workshop: Southern Sierra Nevada

06/03: REI Hikes for Health Challenge #3: Who Makes the Trails?

06/03: American Trails: Using Interactive maps to Engage Trail Users

06/05 - National Trails Day

06/05 - 06/13: National Fishing and Boating Week

06/07 - 06/15: Leave No Trace - Virtual Trainer Course

06/08 - CNRA 30x30 Workshop: Expanding Climate Action Through Nature-Based Solutions

06/08 - SNARL: Interactions Among Water, Fire, Climate Carbon and People in Sierra Nevada Forests: Tackling the Complexity Using Models

06/10 - Mammoth Trails Committee Meeting

06/11 - Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (ESCOG) Meeting

06/15 - CNRA 30x30 Workshop: Using Nature-Based Solutions to Advance Equity

06/17 - Mammoth Trails Community Meeting: Shady Rest Inyo Craters Trail Planning

06/19 - Fly Fishing Film Tour @ the Drive-In

06/19 - Rush Creek and June Lake Loop Clean-Up

06/21 - Mono Arts Council: Create Eastern Sierra Summer Arts Institute

06/21 - 06/23 - Friends of the Inyo: Volunteer Backcountry Stewardship - Week Eagle Creek

06/26 - Friends of the Inyo: June Lake Trails Day

05/28 - 09/06 - MLR Photo Fishing Derby
ONGOING

"Camp Like A PRO" Information & Interactive Camping Map

Summer of Trail Days - Volunteer with the Mammoth Lakes Trail System

Volunteer Eastern Sierra Community Event Calendar

Mono Arts Council Summer Camps and Events

wok N nature: Forest Bathing Walk

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves: Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Seminar Series

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project

CALREC Vision - A Cross-Jurisdictional Collaboration to Advance Sustainable Outdoor Recreation in California

TOML Parks & Recreation Facilities Updates

Mono County Libraries Maker Space
NEWS

Transportation Today: Senate, House to Consider Grant Program for Green Space and Public Lands Funding

Sierra Nevada Conservancy: State Wildfire Resilience Funding Energizes Sierra Nevada Leaders

National Public Radio: Plan for Your Great National Park Trip

New York Times: Amid Historic Drought, a New Water War in the West

#Recreate Responsibly: Wildfire Edition
EMPLOYMENT

CA Climate Action Corps: AmeriCorps Fellow

HistoriCorps: DeChambeau Ranch

Town of Mammoth Lakes: Recreation Positions
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