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May 12, 2021

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Sustainability. Quality of Life.

Stewardship. Public Benefit.

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PUBLIC TRANSIT
The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) have been working together to provide consistent public transit service to the Old Mammoth neighborhood. The Town is currently proposing to develop a bus turnaround at the intersection of Old Mammoth Road and Woodmen Street. Provide input & engage:
Planning Survey
5/20 Onsite Open House
6/9 PEDC Meeting
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ROAD UPDATES
Get the latest information on what's open, closed or under construction. Visit the Cal-Trans Road Conditions page for up to date information.

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TOML PARKS UPDATES
Visit the Town of Mammoth Lakes Parks and Facilities page to find the latest information on what has been opened for the season!
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GRANT AWARD
MLR is pleased to announce it has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 NWSA- National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding. In partnership with the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator and Mono County, the grant will fund several trail maintenance projects on the Inyo NF this Summer. Stay tuned for updates on the projects!
SUSTAINABLE RECREATION

A Changing Climate | Vulnerability in California’s Eastern Sierra

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The Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative (SRTI) invites you to join the team of climate experts from Placeworks and Atlas Planning Solutions, along with economists from ICF, for this opportunity to hear their findings. The presentation will cover research and conclusions in the following three areas: Climate Adaptation & Resilience Assessment, Natural Capital & Ecosystem Services Analysis, and Recommended Actions.
The assessment covers the entire Eastern Sierra Region, including Inyo, Mono, and Alpine Counties, two National Forests, and five units of the National Parks system.
This presentation will serve as a resource for the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (ESSRP) as it establishes a portfolio of sustainable recreation projects and then works with the SRTI to identify funding opportunities for them. The report and its recommendations will not be formally adopted by any of the Eastern Sierra’s regional agencies and will not be incorporating public comments.
This presentation will be part of a special joint workshop of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council and the Planning & Economic Development Commission.
Virtual Event Details
May 12, 2:00 PM
Zoom:
Please click this URL to join. https://monocounty.zoom.us/s/
94467884456
Or join by phone:
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or
+1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592
To Raise your hand press *9, To Unmute/Mute press *6
Webinar ID: 944 6788 4456
All are welcome to attend, questions will be addressed if time allows.
EDUCATION

Spring Lecture Series Goes Virtual

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Join the Valentine Eastern Sierra ReservesSierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) for an amazing lineup of speakers that will virtually share their adventures, experiences and knowledge on topics ranging from Outdoor Education to the first ever footage of life below the ice in our Sierra alpine lakes in winter. Each seminar will be from 7:00 - 8:00pm every Tuesday through June 8.
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WATER

Keep Long Valley Green


In mid-March, a judge ordered the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to continue providing historic quantities of irrigation water to lessees of its pasturelands east of Yosemite, despite the agency’s assertion that climate change is making water resources in the Sierra Nevada watershed increasingly unreliable. I reached out to Wendy Schneider, Executive Director of Friends of the Inyo, for an update. Here is the latest:
In late April, LADWP indicated by correspondence that it will provide a minimal amount of water for irrigation in Long Valley this year. In early April, the Keep Long Valley Green (KLVG) campaign submitted official comments on LADWP’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan pointing out that the data provided by LADWP in its draft plan indicates that it is possible for the agency to meet the water demands of its ratepayers and drastically reduce, or even eliminate, reliance on water exported from the Eastern Sierra over the next 25 years. In spite of this, the agency’s draft plan indicates only a de minimus reduction in planned water exports from our area in the coming decades. The coalition is now working on official comments regarding the agency’s Bi-State Sage Grouse Adaptive Management Plan. The focus of the KLVG comments will be to clarify that the small amount of water LADWP seems to believe is necessary to maintain a healthy sage grouse population in Long Valley certainly will not suffice to maintain a healthy ecosystem in Long Valley. The coalition continues to seek an agreement from LADWP for the provision of water every year pursuant to the application of a formula based on each year’s snowpack.
SRIC Survey QR
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Shady Rest Inyo Craters Trail Planning Survey

Scan the QR Code or CLICK HERE to participate!
ON THE

CALENDAR

CATCH UP

04/14 - New E-Bike Accessible Trails at Tahoe National Forest

Owens Valley Indian Water Commission - PAYA: The Water Story of the Paiute

UPCOMING




05/12 - TOML Planning and Economic Development Commission Meeting

05/17 - 05/19 - California Outdoor Recreation Partnership Virtual Summit

05/17 - 06/13 - REI: Hikes for Health Challenge

05/20 - American Trails: Using Signage to Turn Your Trail Into a Destination




05/21 - 05/22 - Town of Mammoth Lakes: Defensible Space & Community Clean-Up

05/24 - 05/28 - Society for Wilderness Stewardship: National Wilderness Skills Institute

05/24: May 2021 Drought Update & Wildfire Outlook Webinar for California and the Southwest

05/25 - SNARL: The Uncomfortable Reality of the Effects of Predators on Endangered Species Recovery

05/26 - Mammoth Lakes Recreation Board Meeting

05/27 - Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project Meeting

06/10 - Mammoth Trails Committee Meeting

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

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

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

06/21 - 06/27 - Crested Butte, CO: Junior Bike Week

ONGOING

Volunteer Eastern Sierra Community Event Calendar

Mono Arts Council Summer Camps and Events

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

03/25 - 06/24 - Forest Management Workforce Development Seminar Series

04/20 - 05/11 - Nature-Based Solutions and 30 by 30 Virtual Regional Workshops

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project

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

NEWS

Yosemite Mariposa County: Nature Rules

New York Times: How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?

Atlanta Magazine: The Importance of Nature in the Time of Coronavirus

Bloomberg Green: Up to 20% of Groundwater Wells are in Danger of Running Dry

EMPLOYMENT

Friends of the Inyo: Communications Director

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship: Project Coordinator / Grant Admin

Trout Unlimited: California Operations and Grants Manager

Friends of Nevada Wilderness: Positions Available

Sierra Nevada Alliance: Lake Tahoe Ambassador Program
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