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We are so excited that the Great American Outdoors Act is now the law of the land, and while the ink is still drying on the President’s signature, and we are all still learning more about the act itself, the bottom line is that there will be an infusion of funding into public lands all across the United States. We trust that the federal public lands in the Eastern Sierra will receive their fair share, and that the Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative’s efforts to identify ideas for sustainable recreation projects across the region will be helpful as we all work together for the future of the Eastern Sierra.

And so thanks to all who have taken the 15 minutes or so to submit project idea on the “Community Projects” webpage! As of this email, we have received 34 total project idea submissions, and remember that you can see a list of all of the ideas submitted to date by scrolling down to the bottom of the web page.

34 is a great start, but the goal is to get the best possible representation of project ideas from all of the communities in the Eastern Sierra. Why? Because each gateway community has unique challenges and solutions, each person has valuable and relevant perspective, and this is a great opportunity to share your ideas as we all work together for a re-imagined future for the Eastern Sierra.


We’re asking for three things:

  1. Go to the “Community Projects” webpage and submit project ideas that reflect long-term desired improvements to make recreation and tourism more sustainable in the Eastern Sierra.
  2. Share this opportunity with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances, and your networks because this unique opportunity is just that important. Spread the word from the Lone Pine to Markleeville!
  3. Save the dates of Sept. 17 and Nov. 19th to review submitted project ideas at a virtual event and find out what will happen next with all of the project ideas that have been collected.

You can reach us via email at and also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

We look forward to seeing your project ideas!


Kristy Williams
Project Manager, Sustainable Recreation & Tourism Initiative
Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation MLTPA)



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