Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative

Welcome to "Climate Adaptation & Resilience"

Project Description: “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Assessment” is the official name of Track 2 of the “Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative”. This track will produce a Vulnerability Assessment for Climate Change developed through the “lens” of sustainable recreation for the Eastern Sierra Region.  Also included will be documentation of the value of the natural-resource capital in the Eastern Sierra along with valuations of the region’s outdoor recreation economy. A targeted messaging program will accompany the final documents to ensure meaningful and efficient distribution of the track’s findings. MLTPA is pleased to provide this web page in support of the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (ESSRP) and the "Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative."

COVID-19 Update: In person meetings are no longer safe as the pandemic has profoundly effected the gateway communities and counties of the Eastern Sierra, as well as recreation activities and our visitor audience. Placeworks, ICF, and the MLTPA team have established the digital systems necessary to pursue and complete the identified tasks for completion of the "Climate Adaptation & Resilience" track. Please check in with this page for complete and timely information and project updates. Many thanks to the Eastern Sierra's unprecedented open-access broadband network capacity via Digital 395. 

Critical Documents for "Climate Adaptation & Resilience"

Placeworks - "Vulnerability Assessment Method Recommendation"

"This memo summarizes the three methods that have been used in the Eastern Sierra region by the U.S. Forest Service, EcoAdapt, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and provides our recommended method for a vulnerability assessment that best meets the needs of this project." Click above to download the memo.

Placeworks - "List of Hazards, Populations, and Assets"

The Vulnerability Assessment will consider the extent to which the hazards identified as relevant for the Eastern Sierra region will be exacerbated by climate change. PlaceWorks’ list of recommended hazards for inclusion in the Vulnerability Assessment include definitions and data sources." Click above to download the document.

Sierra Nevada Recreation And Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment

Objective: "Synthesize the best available science to assess climate change vulnerability and develop adaptation strategies for recreation and infrastructure resources on National Forests in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to understand and mitigate potentially adverse effects of climate change." Click above to access the web page.

Sustainable Recreation and a Sierra Nevada Recovery

The role of public lands and sustainable recreation in a post-COVID economic recovery for rural communities was the subject of a virtual webinar and round table discussion presented by Sierra Camp. Click above to access the webinar.

Approved Scope of Work for Placeworks and ICF

The Climate Adaptation and Resilience Assessment will include a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy for the Eastern Sierra focused primarily on outdoor recreation while also valuating the region’s natural resources and outdoor recreation and tourism economy.

Agenda Item for Mammoth Lakes Town Council Approval

"Authorize the professional services agreement with Placeworks, Inc., subject to the Town Attorney’s approval and finalization of the agreement, for preparation of the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Assessment services as described in Exhibit A of the agreement."

RFQ: Climate Adaptation and Resilience Assessment Services

"The Town of Mammoth Lakes is seeking an experienced consultant to generate specific components of the "Climate Adaptation and Resilience" deliverable, which will include asset valuations of natural resources and the region's outdoor recreation economy."

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.

This page last updated: November 14, 2020