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THE EASTERN SIERRA 
SUSTAINABLE RECREATION PARTNERSHIP

A UNIQUE PUBLIC/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN

THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE AND LOCAL AGENCIES

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A REPLICABLE SUSTAINABLE RECREATION PROGRAM

IN CALIFORNIA'S MAGNIFICENT EASTERN HIGH SIERRA

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GRANT AWARDED FOR THE
SUSTAINABLE RECREATION & TOURISM INITIATIVE
   

In the spring of 2019, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board  demonstrated a pioneering commitment to rural California’s outdoor recreation economy and natural resources by authorizing $618,750 of Proposition 68 funding to go to the Town of Mammoth Lakes (on behalf of the regional partnership) to administer the Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative.

 

The Initiative’s purpose is to support the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (ESSRP) in its goals to “design, plan, implement, and report out projects to improve and maintain recreational opportunities as well as restore ecosystems to their natural resiliency and functions.”

 

This SNC funding will facilitate the development and advancement of the following four programs:

Regional Recreation Stakeholder Engagement

Climate Adaptation & Resilience Assessment

Connection to the Eastern Sierra Visitor Audience

Project Development & Prioritization for Funding

Funding for this project has been provided by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California, under the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) and in support of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program.
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ENSURING THE PUBLIC'S NATURAL RESOURCES ARE ENJOYED RESPONSIBLY SO THEY WILL ENRICH AND INSPIRE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME
THE EASTERN SIERRA SUSTAINABLE RECREATION PARTNERSHIP IS:
  • A unique "public/public" partnership between local and federal government agencies

  • A regional voice - emerging as a leader for sustainable outdoor recreation in California

  • Growing! In addition to the current signatories, other regional agencies are taking steps to join the partnership

RESOURCES:

Review the critical documents that informed the creation of the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership

Review the efforts of the "Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative" that helped inform the Inyo National Forest's "Early Adopter" Management Plan update

“Resources” web pages are being hosted by the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA)

SIGNATORIES TO THE ESSRP:
  • Alpine County, California *

  • City of Bishop, California *

  • Inyo County, California *

  • Town of Mammoth Lakes, California

  • Mono County, California

  • Inyo National Forest, Pacific Southwest Region (USFS Region 5)

  • Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Intermountain Region (USFS Region 4)

 

"Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership" – A Non Funded Challenge Cost Share Agreement between Mono County, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes, California and the USDA, Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest and Intermountain Region, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, July 2018. 

 

*Alpine County voted to join the ESSRP on August 20, 2019, the City of Bishop voted to join on September 9, 2019 and Inyo County voted to join on October 8, 2019.

WHAT THE PARTNERSHIP WILL DO

​THE GRANT FUNDED INITIATIVE WILL ADVANCE THE FOLLOWING FOUR PROGRAMS:

  • Regional Recreation Stakeholder Engagement

  • Climate Adaptation & Resilience Assessment

  • Connection to the Eastern Sierra Visitor Audience

  • Project Development & Prioritization for Funding

WHAT THE INITIATIVE WILL DO

​THE ESSRP OPERATING PLAN IDENTIFIES THE FOLLOWING AREAS FOR REVIEW, PRIORITIZATION AND POTENTIAL IMPLEMENTATION: 

  • New trails and facility planning and construction

  • New and existing "hard infrastructure" including bathrooms, pavement maintenance, water, sewer, other buildings

  • New and existing "soft infrastructure" including trail maintenance, signage, campground service

  • Maintenance and staffing of visitor centers

  • County/Town recreational infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation, and new project Identification and work program development

  • Project planning including environmental review

  • Permitting facilitation and clean-up (i.e. use permits, film permits, other agreements)

In January of 2019, Matthew Paruolo reported for work as the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator, an employee of Mammoth Lakes Recreation, a position jointly funded by Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
 
Matthew graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication and then worked with the US Forest Service Field Inventory and Analysis Program surveying forested lands throughout the Central Sierra Nevada region. As a Friends of the Inyo Stewardship Ranger, he worked closely with volunteers and the public providing interpretive programs and trail system maintenance. Most recently, Matthew was employed as a Recreation Specialist with the US Army Directorate of Morale Welfare and Recreation at the Yakima Training Center in Central Washington where he provided outdoor recreation opportunities to active duty military, veterans, and dependents. He and his wife are happy to have returned to the Eastern Sierra to be close to family and to further explore the range of light!
 
Matthew and his position now live with Mono County. For more information on Coordinator duties with the ESSRP contact Matt Paruolo directly: mparuolo@mono.ca.gov
EASTERN SIERRA
SUSTAINABLE RECREATION COORDINATOR
“The condition of our recreation and heritage assets has steadily diminished, resulting in a ballooning backlog of maintenance needs for recreation facilities, trails, and roads.”
 
“National economic conditions and mounting financial demands underscore the inadequacy of traditional funding sources to meet growing needs...”
- from the United States Forest Service Framework for Sustainable Recreation
"Connecting People with America’s Great Outdoors: A Framework for Sustainable Recreation”
 
- United States Forest Service, USDA Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources - June 25, 2010
* CONTACT ESSRP *
info@essrp.org