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THE EASTERN SIERRA
SUSTAINABLE RECREATION PARTNERSHIP
A UNIQUE PUBLIC/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN
THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE AND LOCAL AGENCIES
A REPLICABLE SUSTAINABLE RECREATION PROGRAM
IN CALIFORNIA'S MAGNIFICENT EASTERN HIGH SIERRA
NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE INITIATIVE? READ ON!
In the spring of 2019, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s 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 Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership - to administer the Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative (SRTI).
Since that time, the SRTI has gathered input from the regional community (“recreation stakeholders”) for project ideas, worked with regional experts to develop stewardship communication recommendations (“visitor connection”), and commissioned a climate vulnerability assessment and ecosystem services valuation. By the end of 2021, the SRTI will have worked work with the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership to develop a portfolio of projects, along with identified funding sources, for possible implementation.
Click through the links below for more detailed information about each of the four “tracks” of the Initiative:
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.
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
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
Bureau of Land Management
Inyo County, California
Town of Mammoth Lakes, California
Mono County, California
National Park Service
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. The Bureau of Land Management, CALTRANS, and the National Park Service have all formally indicated their desire to join the ESSRP as well.
WHAT THE PARTNERSHIP WILL DO
THE GRANT FUNDED INITIATIVE WILL ADVANCE THE FOLLOWING FOUR PROGRAMS:
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)