Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership


MLTPA is pleased to provide this web page providing additional information for the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (ESSRP). For the latest Partnership information, please be sure to visit the ESSRP web page.

Project Description:  The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership was initiated 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.  Recent additions to the Partnership include Alpine County (voted to join 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).

Critical Documents - Last Updated October 10, 2019 

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.


Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership – July 2018

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.”


Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator - Flyer

Download and review the recruitment flyer for the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator position as distributed in June/July of 2018.


Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Coordinator – Job Description

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.


Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative

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.


Nature’s Value In The MT. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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.”


Mono County and Mammoth Lakes Joint Meeting – July 2017

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.


Inyo National Forest Management Plan Revision

“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.


USFS - "A Framework for Sustainable Recreation"

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.


USFS: “Nature’s Benefits from Your National Forests”

Download and review data complied by USFS staff representing resource and economic valuations and benefits provided by the Inyo National Forest.


OIA Outdoor Recreation Economy Study - National 2017

Download and review the Outdoor Industry Association's analysis of the value of the outdoor recreation activities to the nation's economy.


USFS – Agreements Decision Tree

Download and review this handy guide for determining the USFS process for contracts and agreements between the USFS, partners, and private parties.


USFS – Grants Guide

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.”


USDA – “Recreation Economy Resource Guide”

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.”


“Building the Future: City of Fruita Economic Development Plan”

Download and review an economic development plan from this Colorado county with many shared challenges and opportunities to Mono County and the Eastern Sierra.


Gunnison County, CO: “One Valley Prosperity Project”

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.”

Sign Up for ESSRP

Sign up to stay informed about the Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative funded by a grant from Prop 68 and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy