Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative


Project Description: On March 7, 2019, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC)’s Governing Board authorized $618,750 of Proposition 68 funds for the “The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership: Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative” to benefit the SNC’s Eastern sub-region. The Governing Board’s action demonstrated a pioneering commitment to California’s rural outdoor recreation economy and the natural resources that make it possible. 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: The pandemic has profoundly affected gateway communities and counties in the Eastern Sierra, all recreation activities, and our visitor audience. Despite challenges, the Initiative has gone digital and virtual, with every expectation that project deliverables will be completed on time and consistent will all contractual obligations.  Each track has been affected in different ways, so please see their individual web pages for details. Thanks are due to the Eastern Sierra's unprecedented open-access broadband network capacity via Digital 395 for making digital and virtual solutions possible.

The SNC Project Application

In consultation with the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (ESCOG), the Town of Mammoth Lakes submitted a grant application to the SNC for Proposition 68 funds on behalf of the regional partners, which at that time included Mono County, Inyo County, the City of Bishop, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the Inyo National Forest, and the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. The grant application was written by MLTPA, the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA), in consultation with regional partners.

Download and review the successful SNC grant application for “The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative” - which was originally titled "The Eastern Sierra Office of Sustainable Recreation and Tourism" - a project to support the ESSRP and benefit the SNC’s Eastern sub-region. Also download and review the "The Sierra Nevada Conservancy Strategic Plan 2019–2024", the rationale for funding “The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative”, and the final executed Grant Agreement between SNC and the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

The Four Tracks of the Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative

The four tracks of the “Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative” are listed below with links to their individual web pages. 

Regional Recreation Stakeholder Engagement

The Initiative convened and facilitated Eastern Sierra recreation stakeholders using mostly digital means in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stakeholders submitted ideas for desired sustainable recreation projects which were then scored for their stewardship, access and equity, and community benefits.

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Assessment

The Initiative is drafting a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy for the Eastern Sierra while also valuating the region’s ecosystem services including the outdoor recreation and tourism economy. The analysis will inform adaptation to climate change and future sustainable investments.

Connection to the Eastern Sierra Visitor Audience

The Initiative convened and facilitated the Visitor Connection Working Group, acknowledged regional communicators, who collaboratively developed the “Visitor Connection Package”, which establishes the foundational components of a voice to engage with the Eastern Sierra’s visitor audience as part of a regional identity.

Project Prioritization and Implementation Plan

The Initiative is providing technical capacity to the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership for project identification, prioritization, and the subsequent matching of a portfolio of projects with funding opportunities at the local, state, and national levels for eight grant applications.

Last Updated February 21, 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.