Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative

Welcome to Recreation Stakeholders

Project Description: “Regional Recreation Stakeholder Engagement” is the official name for Track 1 of the “Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative”. While originally intended as in-person meetings to have taken place throughout the Eastern Sierra, efforts migrated to virtual and digital efforts starting in March of 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.*

The Process: Stakeholder consensus, identified challenges, and emerging trends were shared as desired Project Ideas through a dedicated “Community Projects” web page and submission form. 183 Project Ideas were submitted by recreation stakeholders, which were then scored by the public at virtual meetings for their stewardship, access and equity, and community benefits. The outputs from these virtual public efforts are shared below. Through these efforts, public support can be discerned for future programs and on-the-ground infrastructure investments as part of the final portfolio of project recommendations.  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 were not safe during the pandemic and COVID-19 profoundly effected the gateway communities and counties of the Eastern Sierra. The MLTPA team established the virtual and digital systems necessary to pursue and complete the identified tasks for completion of the “Regional Recreation Stakeholder Engagement”. Many thanks to the Eastern Sierra's unprecedented open-access broadband network capacity via Digital 395 for providing the necessary broadband capacity to undertake these efforts in virtual and digital environments.

Next Steps: 

The SRTI Portfolio of Projects is a diversified collection of eight developed and funding-ready projects identified through a collaborative approach and is representative of the ESSRP's first investments in a truly regional sustainable recreation strategy based on the “ESSRP Prospectus For Future Investments”.

The final projects in the portfolio were prioritized and identified by the ESSRP with considerations for the following:


The SRTI Team encourages other organizations and governmental entities to pursue additional grant opportunities based on Project Ideas collected through the SRTI process.  The "Funding Grid" below identifies sources of funding that may support sustainable recreation projects. In some cases, the collaborative nature of the SRTI effort creates a more competitive grant application. 

For more information about the final "SRTI Portfolio of Projects" and “ESSRP Prospectus for Future Investments” head on over to the Projects and Funding Page.

"Recreation Stakeholder Project Ideas"

Recreation Stakeholder Project Ideas: Book

Click above to download and review the complete list of Project Ideas submitted by Eastern Sierra Recreation Stakeholders. This list includes all 183 Project Ideas received, along with their desirability scores for stewardship, access, and community benefit. Scoring was provided by the public through virtual meetings in the final months of 2020. Projects are sorted by their overall (composite) score.

Recreation Stakeholder Project Ideas: Sortable Spreadsheet

Click above to access the complete list of Project Ideas submitted by the Eastern Sierra Recreation Stakeholders. This filterable Google Sheet includes all 183 Project Ideas, along with their desirability scores for stewardship, access, and community benefit. Sort and filter the project ideas as you see fit!

Recreation Stakeholder Project Ideas: Funding

Click above to access and sort a database of funding opportunities for sustainable recreation projects in the Eastern Sierra. This database is a snapshot collection of funding opportunities that have relevance to or alignment with the recreation projects submitted by stakeholders and partners as part of the Eastern Sierra Strategic Recreation Partnership’s Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative (ESSRP SRTI). It is an evolving workbook, maintained at present by the MLTPA Foundation, and entries will continue to be added as they arise.

Virtual Project Review Meeting #3 - December 10, 2020
Virtual Project Review Meeting #2 - November 19, 2020
Virtual Project Review Meeting #1 - September 17, 2020
Gateway Community Workshop #1 - Southern Inyo County Jan 16, 2020
Kickoff Meeting Part 2 - Tri-County Fairgrounds, Bishop, CA - Oct. 17, 2019
Kickoff Meeting Part 1 - Tri-County Fairgrounds, Bishop, CA - Sept. 16, 2019


Last Updated: October 22, 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.