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October 13, 2021

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Sustainability. Quality of Life.

Stewardship. Public Benefit.

NEW!

Similar to the National Parks Every Kid Outdoors program, 4th graders can apply for the FREE CA State Parks Adventure Pass! The pass allows students and their families to explore 19 state parks for a year for FREE!
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CLIMATE
"The California Natural Resources Agency, together with state agency partners, released a draft Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy that will guide and accelerate climate action across key California landscapes.
...The draft Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy responds directly to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-82-20 on nature-based solutions, which identified our natural and working lands as a critical yet currently underutilized sector in the fight against climate change.
...For more information on the Executive Order and the drafted Strategy, visit the state’s website devoted to accelerating nature-based solutions."
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FALL COLORS
'Tis the season, and who knows for how long with the recent freezing temps, so be sure to get your leaf peeping in now! The colors have been spectacular thus far!
Check out these two websites for the latest reports in Inyo and Mono Counties: https://www.monocounty.org/things-to-do/fall-colors/
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https://bishopvisitor.com/activities/fall-colors/
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And sign up for Visit Mammoth's Fall Color Email:
https://www.visitmammoth.com/fall-colors/
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AIR SERVICE
"Mammoth Lakes Tourism and Mammoth Mountain announced new United seasonal service into the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport (BIH) in Bishop, Calif. Beginning Dec. 19, 2021, these new flights bring daily service to BIH with United from Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco making winter air travel to California’s most popular mountain resort more accessible.
...Shuttle and rental car services from Bishop to Mammoth Lakes will be available to visitors on each flight. Drive time from Bishop to Mammoth Lakes is about 45 minutes and with free and regular bus service throughout Mammoth Lakes, it’s easy to get around town without a car.
PRESS RELEASE
WINTER RECREATION

Sherwins Meadow Grooming Pilot Approved

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The Mammoth Ranger District has approved the continuation of a pilot program to provide a groomed trail this winter in the Sherwins Meadow area. The 1.2 miles of trail begins at the Sherwins Trailhead off Sherwin Creek Road. The groomed winter trail will be 8-12 feet wide providing space for a Nordic track, skate skiers, snowshoers, winter fat-bikes and walkers. (A minimum of 12 inches of snow is required for grooming operations.)

Acting District Ranger Leeann Murphy anticipates "The second year of this pilot project will provide valuable information to the Inyo National Forest in their future planning efforts for Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule (also known as areas designated for snowmobile use). Public use along this groomed trail in this location will provide information on: 1) the amount of use by the public in this area; 2) the type of use (motorized or non-motorized) that may occur in this area; 3) the potential connections between uses and private lands in this area; and 4) the potential to develop future groomed trails in the Sherwin area."
OUTDOOR RECREATION

Go Trails!

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Thanks to all who participated in the

Fall 2021 Mammoth Trails Community Meeting!


Mammoth Trails is a forum for all trail users to come together to engage with trails and public access issues and events; provide outdoor recreation amenity information; serve as a volunteer resource for stewardship; and enhance and protect outdoor recreation, foster strong relationships between user groups; and increase awareness and understanding of multiple uses.

The October 5th meeting focused on the highlights and accomplishments from the 2021 Summer Season on the Mammoth Lakes Trail System and what lies ahead for Fall and Winter.

We were also able to unveil a new Eastern Sierra Winter Recreation map which will be available for download soon! Funded in part through a CA State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division grant, Mammoth Lakes Recreation was able to work with Mammoth Lakes Trails & Public Access Foundation, Mammoth Lakes Trail System, Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator and Inyo National Forest to digitally re-engineer the existing map and make updates! The meeting allowed us to highlight the educational components of the map and review winter recreation etiquette. We were joined by Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center and long-time OSV-enthusiast Mayor Bill Sauser to discuss winter recreation resources and improvements to infrastructure this year.
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FOREST MANAGEMENT

Forest Treatment Areas Slow Caldor Fire

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In this latest edition of "Forest News", U.S.Forest Service Communications Specialist Joe Flannery, explains what a fuel treatment area is and how it can slow the spread of wildfire and save communities. Two specific fuel treatment areas are highlighted that slowed progress of the Caldor Fire.

Closer to home, the Eastern Sierra Communities and Climate Resilience team will be meeting this week to discuss the multi-year project which will use landscape scale forest restoration and strategic prescribed fire to return natural processes to forest landscapes surrounding Mammoth Lakes.
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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

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

10/12 - 10/15 - Our Heritage, Our Planet: Film Week

10/14 - Eastern Sierra Climate and Communities Resilience Project Meeting

10/15 - Sierra Institute for Community and Environment: Mono County Community Capacity/Climate Vulnerability Workshop

10/16 - Mammoth Track Club Hosts Site Visit: Whitmore Recreation Center & Multi-Use Trail Grant Proposal

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

10/19 - MLCC: Power Lunch: Future of California Forest Fires

10/19 - CA Natural Resources Agency: Secretary Speaker Series: Good Fire?

10/20 - TOML Parks & Recreation: Guided Full Moon Hike

10/23 - End of the Year Clean-Up: Mountain Gate Park 9am-12pm

10/28 - American Trails: Trail Ambassador Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices (Part 1 of 2)

11/06 - 11/07 - Friends of the Inyo: Dark Desert Skies Campout at Conglomerate Mesa

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

U.S. DOI: Interior Department Announces $348 Million for Conservation Projects in Nevada and California

Peloton Magazine: PELOTON X VISIT MAMMOTH: CALIFORNIA’S FALL COLOR CAPITAL

NPR: A Woman Was Given 4 Days in Jail for Getting Too Close to Grizzlies in Yellowstone

NY Times: As E-Scooters and E-Bikes Proliferate, Safety Challenges Grow

LA Times: Editorial: How the Deal to Stop Draining Mono Lake Can Help Settle California’s Future Water Wars

USFS Office of Sustainability and Climate: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments

American Trails: Be Trail Kind - Trails Are Common Ground Initiative Launches
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 - Keep Long Valley Green Organizer

Friends of the Inyo - Operations Manager

Friends of the Inyo - Desert Lands Organizer
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