CURRENT CONDITIONS

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NEWS FROM THE

TRAILHEAD

September 01, 2021

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Sustainability. Quality of Life.

Stewardship. Public Benefit.

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Click the buttons below for accurate and up to date information on current forest closures and fire restrictions. These pages are being updated often. Please keep checking back for new information and plan accordingly.
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WEATHER
The Reno National Weather Service has been forecasting for the Sierra and Western Nevada since 1905. One of the great tools they put together on a daily basis is the "Freakout Briefing". A quick, easy to understand snapshot of the most pressing and significant weather for the region. With heat, wind, fire and no moisture, these have become a staple. View the briefing from August 31, 2021 HERE.
REC CENTER
Work continues on the Community Recreation Center in Mammoth Lakes! This week the floors for the lobby area and restrooms, multi-purpose space, locker rooms, showers and restrooms, and the AV room / utility closet were prepped and the placement of concrete began. Visit the TOML's Facebook page (#crcupdates) for updates on the construction and planned programming.
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TRAVEL
Winter air service returns to Mammoth Yosemite Airport beginning November 24, 2021 thanks to TOML, MLT and Advanced Airlines. Flights will be available through Advanced Airlines from three Southern California destinations (Burbank, Hawthorne, Carlsbad). Tickets are available for purchase now! Click HERE to learn how residents of Inyo and Mono counties can receive a 40% discount!

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WILDERNESS

NWSA Funding at Work

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In May, Mammoth Lakes Recreation was one of the projects selected for the 2021 field season National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding sponsored by the Forest Service, in collaboration with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, American Trails, American Hiking Society, Back Country Horsemen of America, International Mountain Bicycling Association, American Motorcyclists Association, and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council.

A total of 48 projects were selected from the 92 proposals that were received. Over $1,000,000 in funding requests were made while $547,689 were funded.

In partnership with Inyo National Forest, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and Mono County – Mammoth Lakes Recreation has leveraged funding provided by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance to complete trail maintenance and specific projects on the forest.

Mono County Trail Stewards, led by Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator Matt Paruolo, have logged out trees, installed trail signs, and secured road signs to improve way finding on these beloved intra-wilderness trails. A John Muir Wilderness boundary sign and Adopt-a-Trail volunteer/donor recognition signs were also installed. (For more information on the adopt-a-trail program visit esadpotatrail.org) Work will continue on these trails to replace a boardwalk, improve stream crossing structures, maintain water bars and other drainage features, and clear and brush the trails.

Funding is provided by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance to “to support the volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and agency partners who are stewarding the National Forest trail system on their local public lands. These trail stewardship projects will accomplish much needed work to improve trail conditions on the National Forests.”
WATER

Keep Long Valley Green

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Every Last Drop, the official e-newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition launched in late July 2021. The newsletter aims to distill the turbulent history and complex issue of the L.A./Owens Valley Water Wars into manageable, drop-sized installments for the benefit of residents of Inyo, Mono and Los Angeles counties. It’s FREE and publishes twice a month! If you have story ideas and testimonials about how the L.A. Department of Water and Power’s actions have affected YOU, write to [email protected] and include “Every Last Drop” in the subject line of your e-mail. Read past issues and other relevant news HERE.
NATURE

Every Kid Outdoors

Since 2015, the Every Kid Outdoors program has had one simple goal: Help children get outdoors and explore our public lands.
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The program allows all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture. Each year, beginning September 1, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid Outdoors pass, which provides free access to national parks across the country. The Every Kid Outdoors pass is good for the 4th grade school year, until August 31.

To increase the opportunities available, the Sierra Club is partnering with Outdoor Alliance for Kids to bring the program into all national, state, local, and regional parks. Learn more and join the effort HERE.

American Trails Webinar

September 9, 2021

Trails are Common Ground

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

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ON THE

CALENDAR

SURVEYS / PLEDGES / COMMENTS

Petition to lawmakers to prioritize funding for the Forest Service and other land management agencies in the next budget cycle.

CA Natural Resources Agency: Pathways to 30x30 Draft Document

National Endowment for the Arts: Draft Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2022-26

Plan the Park: Mountain Gate Park Recreation and Revitalization

Old Mammoth Road Transit Survey
UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS

September: Bike Month in Mammoth Lakes

Weekly - MLR Photo Fishing Derby

09/02 - Mammoth Voices: Affordable Housing & Recall Election

09/02 - American Trails: The Value of Trail Assessments

09/03 - NEA: Comment Deadline for FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

09/09 - MLR Regular Board Meeting

09/09 - Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce: Women In Business Series

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

09/15 - LADWP Owens Valley Fall Virtual Job Fair

09/18 - Sierra Club ROLG: Long Valley Exploratory Drilling Site Tour

09/18 - Mammoth Tuff
ONGOING

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

CA State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project

Volunteer Eastern Sierra Community Event Calendar

CALREC Vision

TOML Parks & Recreation Facilities Updates

#RecreateResponsibly
NEWS

Sierra Wave Media: Appellate Court Confirms Inyo County Violated CEQA In Landfill Eminent Domain Lawsuits

MLT/MLCC Community Coffee: Community Housing

Smithsonian Mag: Coalition Calls for naming Heat Waves Like Hurricanes

NEA: Back to School with Arts Education

LNT: Buffalo River Ranger Interview

NY Times: Woman Sentenced to Seven Days in Jail for Walking in Yellowstone's Thermal Area

CA Department of Public Health: California Implements Nation-Leading Vaccine Verification Measure for Large Events

NY Times: Lake Tahoe Suffocates with Smoke

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

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

Volunteer with Mammoth Tuff 9/16-19

Coastal Conservancy: Executive Officer/California Coastal Conservancy

Mono County: Seasonal Trail Steward

Tahoe Backcountry Alliance: Executive Director

LADWP Owens Valley Virtual Job Fair
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