As a partner in the Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative (ESRC), MLTPA is proud to provide this web page - sparing the ESRC the expense of building a separate website - and to serve as the non-profit sponsor for the ESRC. For details on ESRC activities in 2014/15 that set the stage for the 2016 efforts, please click here.
The vibrant economies of Eastern Sierra Gateway Communities are dependent upon visitation driven by world-class outdoor recreation experiences and supported by the stewardship of public lands. Funded by a generous grant from the National Forest Foundation, the ESRC produced a series of public meetings to gather ideas during the summer months of 2016 at Eastern Sierra Gateway Community meetings in Bishop, Lone Pine and June Lake. An ultimate goal is to develop a framework for sustainable recreation programs in the Eastern Sierra that are implementable and that will address stewardship as well as outdoor recreation opportunities. At a final wrap up meeting on August 15th, 2016, a synthesis of the ideas heard at these public meetings was presented for public review, and a detailed collection of "desired conditions" was produced for use by citizens, stakeholders, and public agencies as part of the comment process for the Draft Revised Land Management Plan for the Inyo National Forest. The final document - "Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative: Citizen Suggested Desired Conditions" - is available for download here or further down on this page. All comments on the Draft Revised Land Management Plan for the Inyo National Forest are due to the USFS by August 25th.
Click here to access the draft alternatives of the Inyo National Forest's revised land management plan which are ready for your review and comments.
If your feel ready to comment on the draft plan, click here to access the USFS online comment page.
ESRC's public meetings during the summer of 2016 took place in the following gateway communities and have provided participants an opportunity to identify specific issues in the draft revised management plan that are unique to their community’s sustainable recreation interests related to the Inyo National Forest:
Posted below are the presentations that have been shared at the ESRC’s public meetings so far this summer along with important background and reference documents from the ESRC and a variety of public agencies and other resources.
Featured below are ESRC Deliverables and the “critical documents” from the ESRC, the USFS, and other important contributors that have been created or utilized by the ESRC. Scroll down to download and review.
Download and review the "Citizen Suggested Desired Conditions" document supporting sustainable recreation for the Inyo National Forest’s Land Management Plan as developed during the summer months of 2016 through ESRC convened and facilitated public meetings in Gateway Communities of the Eastern Sierra.
Download and review the complete presentation from the August 15, 2016 Wrap Up Meeting in Bishop
Download and review the complete presentation from the July 25, 2016 Southern Gateway Communities Meeting in Lone Pine
Download and review the complete presentation from the July 18, 2016 Central Gateway Communities Meeting in Bishop
Download and review the complete presentation from the July 11, 2016 Northern Gateway Communities Meeting in June Lake
Download and review the complete presentation from the June 27, 2016 Kick Off Meeting in Bishop
Download the USFS document known as "A Framework for Sustainable Recreation", a guiding document for the ESRC effort that was originally published by the USFS in 2010 and referenced in the current Inyo National Forest Management Plan Revision process.
Download the Recreation Values, Principles, and Guidelines established by the Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative for the Inyo National Forest Management Plan Revision at the Kickoff Meeting in Bishop on Oct 14, 2014.
Download and review the final version of the ESRC's Proposed Recreation Strategy for use by the USFS representing the culmination of five public meetings and the efforts of the collaborative. Includes an Executive Summary.
Download and review how Region 1 of the USFS integrated the "Framework for Sustainable Recreation" into a management program for all of Region 1, which is made up of 13 National Forests in Idaho, Montana and the Dakotas.
Download and review how Region 3 of the USFS integrated the "Framework for Sustainable Recreation" into a management program for all of Region 3, which is made up of 11 National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico.
Download and review a draft of a "situation assessment" from an individual National Forest, a forest similar to the Inyo, that is working on incorporating the "Framework for Sustainable Recreation" at an individual Forest level.
Download and review efforts the USFS is taking to incorporate sustainable recreation into the nation's trail systems.
Download and review the Outdoor Industry Association's analysis of the value of the outdoor recreation economy to the nation's economy.
Download and review the Outdoor Industry Association's analysis of the value of the outdoor recreation economy to the California economy.
Download and review the USFS analysis of the economic value of the Inyo National Forest to local economies.
The ESRC is a grass roots effort launched in 2014 by Eastern Sierra recreation enthusiasts committed to economic diversification and to policies that support sustainable recreation management. Its purpose is to enhance regional recreation opportunities through focused engagement and collaboration with community stakeholders and the gateway communities of the Eastern Sierra.
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