The last decade has created scenes of devastation across our California forests. The drought has weakened the natural defense systems of ecosystems and has fueled unprecedented wildfires that have led to loss of life, property, and have caused damage to the environment. These large fires have robbed federal budgets of money set aside for recreation, fire prevention, and other important programs. Do you know that the United States Forest Service now currently has a $5 billion deferred maintenance backlog?
What are the reasons many people travel to these lands for the first time? If you said Recreation, you are correct. After all the fires and dead trees, it’s time to have some fun! Come to the Eastern Sierras where recreation opportunities are available on a year-round basis. Learn how these forests that exist above 8000 feet have escaped many of the other problems that have plagued west-side Sierra forests. Learn how the experts on the Inyo National Forest respond to the needs of forest fun-seekers through all four seasons.
As many of you know, the Eastern Sierra has been a key source of fresh water for Southern California for nearly 100 years. While years of water wars have frequented the news blotter, the last 20 years, things have been changing. Learn about new efforts to preserve the natural environment, the restoration of the Owens River and the continuing challenge that is presented by the dry lakebed at Owens Lake.