Public access and Sustainable Recreation reside at the core of MLR’s mission to “enhance recreation, arts, culture, and mobility in the Eastern Sierra” and to connect the region’s three million visitors with their natural and cultural heritage. While visitation continues to increase and federal appropriated funding declines, “Promot[ing] effective communication with gateway communities to help foster partnerships […] that contributes to funding, implementation of projects, and long-term maintenance of facilities” (Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan) has become increasingly important.
This project builds upon twelve years of project planning and public outreach to leverage local resources and partnerships for the completion of »15 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails that will connect to existing infrastructure, public transportation systems, scenic features and overlooks within the Sherwins Area Recreation Plan (SHARP) and Lakes Basin Special Study Area (LABSS) sub-regions. These planning efforts were adopted (SHARP) and accepted (LABSS) by Town Council, along with the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan (2011), and further informed by the Town of Mammoth Lakes’s Walk Bike Ride Action Plan (2017) to promote “bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and parking alternatives within the community”. This project is intended to sustainably manage, complement, and maintain existing uses by providing new and sustainable infrastructure for the enjoyment of locals and visitors of the Mammoth Lakes region.