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September 29, 2021

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Sustainability. Quality of Life.

Stewardship. Public Benefit.

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DOG PARK
The Town of Mammoth lakes has been awarded a T-Mobile Hometown Grant for $50,000 to build a community dog park. The Town of Mammoth Lakes was the only California rural town to be awarded a grant. Representatives from T-Mobile will be in attendance at the October 6, 2021, Town Council meeting to present the check. For more information about the proposed dog park, please contact Stuart Brown, Parks and Recreation Director (760) 965-3696.
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GORGE CLOSURE
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will release higher-than-normal water down the Owens River Gorge September 22-29, for operational maintenance. No public access will be allowed within the Owens River Gorge from Middle Gorge to the Control Gorge Power Plant. The public is advised to avoid the area due to hazardous conditions. Please adhere to posted signs, and check ladwpeasternsierra.com for updates on LADWP facility openings and closures.
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DRILLING
The Acting District Ranger of the Mammoth Ranger District has approved the categorical exclusion (CE) for the Long Valley Exploration Drilling Project. This decision approves mineral exploration, including ground-disturbing reclamation activities, for up to one year. The Long Valley project proposed by KORE Mining, has the potential to be a simple, high recovery heap leach gold mine with strong project economics.
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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Meet Betty!

Betty Soskin
As the nation's oldest park ranger, Betty Soskin needed to be front and center in this edition of News From the Trailhead. Click the button below to read, and listen, to Betty's story and how she has helped shaped American life.
INFRASTRUCTURE

Upgrades on the Inyo

Forest Service Notice
Work has begun on replacing flush toilets with vault toilets at various high use recreation facilities on the Inyo National Forest. This project is funded through the Great American Outdoor Act (GAOA), which benefits the American public through major investments in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation. The new toilets will be able to be open year-round in the popular winter recreation areas such as the Lakes Basin.

This week forest engineering crews will begin demolition of the toilets at the facilities in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Temporary toilets may not be available at these sites during demolition and construction. Please plan ahead and use other facilities when possible.

Flush toilets at the following locations will be replaced:
• Big Pine Creek North Fork Trailhead
• Convict Lake Day Use Areas
• Duck Pass Trailhead
• Emerald Picnic Area, near Coldwater Campground
• Mammoth Pass Trailhead
• Lundy Canyon Trailhead
• Rush Creek Trailhead
• Silver Lake Picnic Area
INFRASTRUCTURE

Up With the MUP!

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Work has begun on the road & multi-use path rehabilitation project in the TOML!
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ON THE

CALENDAR

BOARD & COMMITTEE VACANCIES

Mammoth Lakes Recreation - 1 Board Seat

Mammoth Trails Committee - 1 Committee Seat

Mono Arts Council - Multiple Board Seats
UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS

9/30 - Mammoth Lakes Tourism & Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce: Community Coffee: Fall Colors Edition

10/5 - 11/16 - UCSB Natural Reserve System Fall 2021 Seminar Series

10/5 - Mammoth Trails Community Meeting: Summer Wrap-up & Winter Preview

10/07 - National Forest Foundation: Building & Maintaining a Solid Foundation for Collaboration Peer Learning Session

10/16 - Mammoth Track Club hosts site-walk for Whitmore Recreation Center & MUP

10/16 - 2nd Annual Upper Owens River Stewardship Event

11/18 - Community Meeting: Shady Rest Inyo Craters Trail Planning Project
NEWS

USFS Office of Sustainability and Climate: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments

American Trails: Be Trail Kind - Trails Are Common Ground Initiative Launches

California Globe: Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs $15 Billion in Climate Change Legislation

USDA: Maintaining the Foundation of Collaborative Groups

USFS Southern Research Station: The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 101

New York Times: Protected Too Late - U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions

Outside Online: Guides Just Had Their Worst Season Ever in the Cascades
ONGOING

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

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project

Volunteer Eastern Sierra Community Event Calendar

CALREC Vision

TOML Parks & Recreation Facilities Updates
EMPLOYMENT

Friends of the Inyo - Operations Manager

Friends of the Inyo - Desert Lands Organizer
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