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July 21, 2021

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30 x 30
The California Natural Resources Agency continues the virtual Advancing 30x30 workshops series. Protecting Biodiversity, Conservation of Lands, and Conservation of Coastal Waters are the final three workshops in the five-part series. Join to explore strategies that California can pursue to conserve 30% of California’s lands and coastal waters by 2030 (30x30) in a way that is meaningful, equitable, and measurable.
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RIVER MANAGEMENT
Cottonwood Creek & Upper Owens River Wild and Scenic River Management Plan comments are due this Friday - July 23.
Submit your comments HERE!
To comment: Review documents, maps and read the draft plans in the 'Assessment' & 'Scoping' tabs. Then, on the right sidebar, click on the “Comment/Object on Project,” (Español) to enter your comments or attach your comment letter.
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WILDFIRE
Track the 'Wildfires of the West' with this interactive map and see how smoke is traveling from the west across the United States with this interactive map, both produced by the New York Times. You can also see air quality data and population counts for affected areas.
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Use the red "Fire Updates" button above, or CLICK HERE, to get the latest information for fires on the Inyo National Forest.
RESTORATION

Eastern Sierra Wildfire Alliance

In 2019, the SNC invested in the Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project (ESCCRP), a planning grant intended to engage stakeholders, create a partnership, and collaboratively develop a needs assessment, project goals, and proposed actions to restore wildfire resilience to the landscape surrounding Mammoth Lakes. Over the past 1.5 years, the project has done just that. And it is working.
The collaboration has crafted an innovative landscape-scale 55,000-acre project that aims to return these forests to pre-fire suppression densities and structure, a critical step toward ultimately using fire to restore forest health. It will also help safeguard the town of Mammoth Lakes from catastrophic fire events.
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Other funders are taking note. Recently, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife awarded the project $3.3 million dollars to conduct the environmental NEPA analyses for the entire 55,000 acre project area, and critical resource survey work in a 10,000-acre priority area.

Fish and Wildlife’s funding will launch the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments, a new Joint Powers Authority (JPA), capable of working across jurisdictions. It will also create a local nonprofit that will partner with the JPA to establish a local interdisciplinary NEPA team.
PARTNERSHIPS

Forces Join to Protect Inyo N.F.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) announced a first-of-its-kind partnership in the Eastern Sierra dedicated to improving forest resiliency, increasing carbon capture, decreasing wildfires, improving wildlife habitats and recreation sites, and enhancing the Eastern Sierra watershed over the next two and a half years. The Climbing Rangers program and Casa Diablo project are underway, with the rest of the projects set to kick off in Fall of 2021.
Current and future projects include:
  • Casa Diablo Prescribed Fire Project
  • Climbing Rangers Program
  • June Lake Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction
  • Bishop Creek and Pine Creek Fuels Reduction
  • Forest-wide Invasive Plant Removal
  • Buttermilk Recreation Improvements
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EQUITABLE ACCESS

The F.U.T.U.R.E

Earlier this year, a coalition of organizations launched the Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E. initiative, a national outdoor equity fund that builds on two outdoor equity programs developed in New Mexico and California. Senator Heinrich (D-NM) has indicated that he will introduce the initiative as federal legislation soon, and the outdoor community will have an important role in building support for the legislation.
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The Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E. initiative, as well as legislation like the Outdoors for All Act, the Active Transportation Act, and the Transit to Trail Act that are aimed at improving equitable access to the outdoors, are gaining momentum in Congress. There’s an important role for the outdoor community to play in generating support for these initiatives.

Read the Outdoor Alliance blog detailing the initiative and watch the live panel discussion held July 20 as part of the Outdoor Alliance California DC Fly in.
Check out a few of the new Eastern Sierra Adopt-A-Trail signs and
Tangle Free Waters stations installed this past month!
AAT Lake George
TFW Lake George Boat
AAT Town Loop
ON THE

CALENDAR

SURVEYS / PLEDGES

California State Parks Hike and Bike Camping Survey

Woodman St. / Old Mammoth Road Bus Turn-Around Transit Survey

The Mammoth Promise: Protect our Beloved Landscape

Tahoe Regional Trails Plan Survey
UPCOMING

Weekly - MLR Photo Fishing Derby

Weekly - Elevate Mammoth - Outdoor Yoga Series

07/07 - 07/31 - Nevada Regional Trails Training Program - Various Topics

07/23 - FREE Friday Night Skate at the Mammoth RecZone

07/24 - Friends of the Inyo: Rock Creek Lakes Clean-Up

07/22 - American Trails: Return on Investment of Trails and Parks

07/25 - FREE Swim Sundays at the Whitmore Pool

07/27 - CA Natural Resources Agency: Advancing 30x30 - Protecting Biodiversity

08/10 - CA Natural Resources Agency: Advancing 30x30 - Conservation of Lands

08/16 - National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance: Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy 101

8/17 - CA Natural Resources Agency: Advancing 30x30 - Conservation of Coastal Waters

08/18 - Town of Mammoth Lakes Town Council Meeting: Proposed Woodmen St - Old Mammoth Rd Bus Turnaround

09/03 - Friends of the Inyo: Geology and Volcanology Interpretive Hike in Mammoth
ONGOING

Wednesdays & Weekends - Volunteer with the Mammoth Lakes Trail System

Mammoth Lakes Community Chipping Program

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project

Volunteer Eastern Sierra Community Event Calendar

"Camp Like A PRO" Information & Mono County Interactive Camping Map

CALREC Vision

Advancing 30x30 and Protecting Biodiversity Advisory Panel Summary Document

California Citizens Redistricting Commission

TOML Parks & Recreation Facilities Updates

California Smoke Spotter App
NEWS

CalBike: Victory! $10 Million E-Bike Affordability Program Included in State Budget

National Geographic: Florida Legislature Recognizes the Florida Wildlife Corridor

New York Times: How Bad is the Bootleg Fire? It's Generating Its Own Weather

SacBee: CA Habitat Restoration Used Beavers to Restore Placer County Floodplain

New York Times: Smartphone Directions May Put Novice Hikers in Danger, Experts Say

Tahoe Daily Tribune: 1500 Pounds of Trash Removed at Tahoe After Holiday Weekend

Sierra Nevada Alliance: New Take Care Tahoe Ambassador Programs Roll Out Across Tahoe Region

AmericanTrails.org: The Effect of Boardwalks on Vegetation and Wildlife

AmericanTrails.org: September 11th National Memorial Trail

RCRCnet.org: Mono County Host Rural County Representatives of California

Headwaters Economics: The Future of the Outdoor Recreation Economy
EMPLOYMENT

Mono County: Seasonal Trail Steward

Friends of Nevada Wilderness: Seasonal/AmeriCorps Positions

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship: Various Positions

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnerships

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation: Program Director, Forest Futures

CA Climate Action Corps: AmeriCorps Fellow
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