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August 18, 2021

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Sustainability. Quality of Life.

Stewardship. Public Benefit.

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WINTER TRAVEL
The Forest Service’s 2015 Over-Snow Vehicle Rule made designating trails and areas for over-snow use mandatory and established guidelines for how it should be accomplished. Stanislaus National Forest has just completed the very first winter travel plan since the rule was created. Winter Wildlands Alliance played a big role throughout the process; read about the success, challenges and disappointments.
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MINING
Comment by 8/30
The BLM is seeking public comments on the environmental review and Plan of Operations for a proposed exploratory drilling project near Conglomerate Mesa. According to the Press Release, Mojave Precious Metals, LLC seeks authorization to access and drill up to 30 sites with approximately four drill holes per site. CLICK HERE to view documents and "Participate Now"
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FIRE
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is the nation’s support center for wildland fires and other emergency situations. The partners at NIFC work together to compile information about the current wildfire situation and statistics that encompass lands managed by federal, state, local, tribal, and private agencies. Maps for current large fires and fire potential outlook maps for the next four months can easily be downloaded.
SUSTAINABLE PLANNING

Plan Mountain Gate Park

MOUNTAIN GATE PARK
The Antelope Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee and Mono County are seeking community and visitor input to plan improvements for sustainable public access along the West Walker River waterfront and Mountain Gate Park.

The project aims to enhance the recreational opportunities and ecological features of Mountain Gate Park through the development of sustainable trail system(s) and watershed improvements that promote fish nurseries, bird habitat, and public access. Returning the West Walker River’s vitality will benefit the communities of Walker and Coleville, the local economy, and the traveling public.

Please use this link to complete an online survey to help plan improvements to Mountain Gate Park.
TRAILS

Learning to Share

Learning to make more time for recreation, means learning to be respectful of the natural environment and other trail users. Sure, it's easy to think you're out there alone or everyone on the trail has the same skill level. But, like it or not, there's a lot of us out there and a lot of us who want to enjoy our own unique experience.
With a greater number of users, there's a greater need to educate yourself and others on trail regulations and etiquette, and how your actions may affect other users. Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is like for the mountain biker enjoying the hard-earned descent after pedaling up the trail, sweat dripping and lungs burning?
Have you ever stopped to wonder how an equestrian rider tries to anticipate what may spook their horse? Have you ever stopped to wonder if the dad hiking with his baby has the time or space to get out of the way quickly?
Click the links below to learn challenges each user faces and how to best share the trail.
Practicing empathy and respect brings the greatest enjoyment!
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American Trails Webinar

Trails are Common Ground

National Campaign to Reduce Conflict, Promote Respect, and Increase
Diversity on Our Trails

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WILDLIFE CROSSINGS

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Just like the Mammoth Lakes 395 Wildlife Crossing Project, the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon is an effort to allow wildlife a safe crossing. This is a large-scale public/private partnership, with a core project team of the Liberty Wildlife Corridor Partners: Caltrans, the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory/ Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority, the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, and the National Wildlife Federation—along with local and state elected officials.

If funded, this crossing could be the biggest in the world! “We have secured $38 million for construction to date,” said Beth Pratt, regional executive director in California for the group. “This leaves about $27 million outstanding and is the amount we need to raise to break ground on time this fall.”
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ON THE

CALENDAR

SURVEYS / PLEDGES

Plan the Park: Mountain Gate Park Recreation and Revitalization

Old Mammoth Road Transit Survey

Draw My CA Community (Redistricting)

The Mammoth Promise: Protect our Beloved Landscape
UPCOMING

Weekly - MLR Photo Fishing Derby

Weekly - Elevate Mammoth - Outdoor Yoga Series

08/17 - CA Natural Resources Agency: Advancing 30x30 - Conservation of Coastal Waters

08/17 - Volunteer Eastern Sierra: Not Your Grandma's Bingo Night benefitting Mono Arts Council

08/18 - Association of Wetland Managers: Drones 3.0 – Inexpensive Tools and Technologies to get from Wetland Drone Images to Wetland Assessment Deliverables

08/20 - 08/22: High Sierra Agility Challenge (K-9)

08/20 - We Draw the Lines CA: August 20 COI Input Meeting

08/21 - Friends of the Inyo: Beavers and Meadows in the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Hike in Bridgeport

08/24 - 08/25 - Winter Wildlands Alliance: Grassroots Advocacy Conference

08/25 - Fee-Free Day at National Parks

08/28 - Friends of the Inyo: Jeffrey Pine Trees Interpretive Hike in Lone Pine

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

09/09 - American Trails: Trails Are Common Ground Webinar

09/18 - Mammoth Tuff
ONGOING

"Camp Like A PRO" - Information, Map, App

CA State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center

Wednesdays & Weekends - Volunteer with the Mammoth Lakes Trail System

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project

Volunteer Eastern Sierra Community Event Calendar

CALREC Vision

California Citizens Redistricting Commission

TOML Parks & Recreation Facilities Updates

California Smoke Spotter App

#RecreateResponsibly
NEWS

American Trails: Digging Into the Numbers Behind the Pandemic Trail Boom - A Data Driven Approach

NPR: This Utah Adventure Town Wants To Put The Brakes On Promoting Itself

County 10: U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, State of Wyoming Commit to Enhancing Wildlife Corridors

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable: ORR Applauds Funding Opportunity for Rural “Gateway” Communities

NYT: Wisconsin More Than Doubles Wolf-Hunting Quota, Angering Conservationists

Energy Capital: Ormat Technologies Expands its Geothermal Footprint in Latin America

American Trails: Wildlife And Trails Primer - How Wildlife Responds to Trails
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CNN: Key Takeaways from the UN Report on the Climate Crisis
EMPLOYMENT

Coastal Conservancy: Executive Officer/California Coastal Conservancy

Mono County: Seasonal Trail Steward

Tahoe Backcountry Alliance: Executive Director

Sierra Nevada Alliance: Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership - Member

Sierra Nevada Alliance: Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership - Director

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship: Various Positions
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