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 has produced a adaptation and resilience to climate change assessment for the Eastern Sierra region – “A Changing Climate | Vulnerability in California’s Eastern Sierra” - developed through the “lens” of sustainable recreation.  Included in the final report are documented valuations of the natural-resource capital and ecosystem services in the Eastern Sierra along with valuations of the region’s outdoor recreation economy.  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 established the virtual and digital systems necessary to pursue and complete the identified tasks for completion of the "Climate Adaptation & Resilience" track. Many thanks to the Eastern Sierra's unprecedented open-access broadband network capacity via Digital 395. 

"A Changing Climate | Vulnerability in California’s Eastern Sierra"



The Eastern Sierra region is dependent on natural ecosystems to sustain its recreation and tourism economy. Climate change poses a threat by potentially increasing the frequency and intensity of natural hazards. Click above to download and review the final report for a better understanding of what is truly at risk.



Click above to download and review the Executive Summary for “A Changing Climate | Vulnerability in California’s Eastern Sierra”, a ten-page summary of the findings, conclusions, and recommended actions from this unique regional report.



Drawing from the results of the Baseline Natural Capital Assessment, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, and Climate Change Natural Capital Assessment, the report identifies five sets of projects to reduce vulnerabilities and increase sustainable, resilient recreation. Click above to download and learn more.

Critical Documents for "Climate Adaptation & Resilience"

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.

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.

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."


Last Updated May 11, 2021

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.