MLTPA is pleased to provide this web page for the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (ESSRP) as a home for ESSRP's "Critical Documents" as the Partnership works to build out its web presence. The ESSRP's current web presence can be viewed here.
Project Description: The idea for the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership first came to light on July 18, 2017 at a joint meeting of the Mono County Board of Supervisors and the Mammoth Lakes Town Council. Over the next year, representatives of Mono County, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the Inyo National Forest, the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, the Washington Office of the USFS, and Mammoth Lakes Recreation worked together to draft and sign a partnership agreement and to secure the funding from Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes for a staff position that currently lives in Mammoth Lakes Recreation.
Featured below are “critical documents” that have been created or utilized by the ESSRP. Scroll through this webpage and click on items of interest to download and review.
Download and review the executed USFS Non-Funded Challenge Cost-share Agreement that was finalized in June/July of 2018. “Parties to the agreement desire to focus their combined energy and resources to cooperatively perform projects and activities… implementing a sustainable recreation program with the U.S. Forest Service.”
Download and review the successful Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) grant application for “The Eastern Sierra Office of Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Project”, a project to support the ESSRP and benefit the SNC’s Eastern sub-region. The Town of Mammoth Lakes submitted the grant application of behalf of its regional partners.
Mammoth Lakes, CA – At its Cameron Park, CA board meeting on March 7, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board authorized $618,750 of Proposition 68 funding to the Town of Mammoth Lakes for the “The Eastern Sierra Office of Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Project”
Download and review the recruitment flyer for the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator position as distributed in June/July of 2018.
Download and review the job posting for the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator position as posted in June/July of 2018 by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, which provided these services in support of the ESSRP.
A potential example for the ESSRP is Colorado’s “Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative”, whose mission/purpose is “To influence the management of public lands through collaborative processes that benefit the local economies and environments of west central Colorado.” Click on the link above to explore their website and their efforts to date.
Prepared by Earth Economics in Tacoma, Washington, this important study “… highlights the relationship between providers and beneficiaries of natural capital by estimating the economic benefits provided by the natural environment of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBSNF) to the Emerald Corridor.”
Download and review a “white paper” that was drafted by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County as the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator position was being developed.
Download and review a Mono County staff report from September of 2017 including a PowerPoint presentation detailing the recommendations of the Mono County Recreation Task Force as initiated by the Mono County Board of Supervisors.
Download and review the agenda and PowerPoint presentation for a joint meeting of the Mono County Board of Supervisors and the Mammoth Lakes Town Council on July 18, 2017 that initiated the effort that delivered the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership and the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator.
“Sustainable Recreation” is one of the three primary focus areas of the final draft Inyo National Forest Management Plan along with “Fire Management”, and “Ecological Integrity”. Click here to review the most current draft of the management plan.
Download and review the USFS document known as "A Framework for Sustainable Recreation", a guiding document for the ESSRP effort that was originally published by the USFS in 2010 and referenced in the current Inyo National Forest Management Plan Revision process.
Download and review data complied by USFS staff representing resource and economic valuations and benefits provided by the Inyo National Forest.
Download and review the Outdoor Industry Association's analysis of the value of the outdoor recreation activities to the nation's economy.
Download and review this handy guide for determining the USFS process for contracts and agreements between the USFS, partners, and private parties.
Download and review this USFS publication: “This desk guide offers a cursory overview of the grants and agreements (G&A) process with enough detail to make it a useful day-to-day tool for the National Forest System (NFS) program manager (PM). It is only a guide, not the final source of authority.”
Download and review this USDA document: “Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States. In many rural places, (outdoor recreation has) boosted rural tourism, spurred business growth and contributed to strong land value gains. Rural communities fortunate enough to have other amenities to complement their natural resource base are in the best position to reap new economic benefits from this booming industry.”
Download and review an economic development plan from this Colorado county with many shared challenges and opportunities to Mono County and the Eastern Sierra.
Download and review this Colorado regional Planning effort: “The One Valley Prosperity Project is a collaborative initiative… focused on achieving a more prosperous and successful future for all of our Valley’s communities. The first initiative was to develop… a regional plan to guide collaborative efforts and economic development policy and investments.”
Click here to review a virtual story on the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative “The Tahoe-Central Sierra Resilient Forest Initiative (TCSI) accelerates the implementation of ecologically sound forest restoration at a large-landscape scale. Lessons learned from the TCSI can be applied across the Sierra Nevada to increase the pace and scale of restoration.”