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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

ENSURING THE PUBLIC'S NATURAL RESOURCES ARE ENJOYED RESPONSIBLY SO THEY WILL ENRICH AND INSPIRE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

On March 7, 2019, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC)'s Governing Board awarded Proposition 68 funds in the amount of $618,750 to launch the "Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership: Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative (SRTI)." This action to benefit the SNC's Eastern Sierra sub-region demonstrated a pioneering commitment to California’s rural outdoor recreation economy and the natural resources that make it possible. The SRTI's subsequent program of work distributed across four areas of focus (see "tracks" below) was administered by Mammoth Lakes Trails & Public Access Foundation on behalf of the ESSRP from July 2019 until the grant's completion in January 2022.

Track #1:  Regional Recreation Stakeholder Engagement

Recreation Stakeholder Project Ideas

Completed February 1, 2021

Track #2:  Climate Adaptation & Resilience Assessment

A Changing Climate  |  Vulnerability in California's Eastern Sierra

Completed May 13, 2021

Track #3:  Connection to the Eastern Sierra Visitor Audience

Visitor Connection Package

Visitor Connection Strategy

Completed February 22, 2021

Track #4:  Project Development & Prioritization for Funding

ESSRP Prospectus for Future Investments

SRTI Portfolio of Projects

Completed January 31, 2022

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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SHARED STEWARDSHIP CHALLENGES PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATIVE DECISION MAKING TO DEFINE A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
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

  • Caltrans

  • 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 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)

“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
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