Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative

Welcome to Projects and Funding

Project Description: “Project Prioritization and Implementation Plan” is the official name of Track 4 of the “Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative”. Members of the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (ESSRP) worked collaboratively in facilitated sessions to identify the components of a Portfolio of Projects eligible for funding via local and “out-of-region” financial opportunities. The eight projects in the portfolio drew upon project ideas generated through the three companion tracks of the “Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative”: Recreation Stakeholders; Climate Adaptation & Resilience; and Visitor Audience. The “Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Initiative” is currently providing technical assistance for the development of eight identified projects from the portfolio for funding applications. The "SRTI Team" is optimistic that some of the projects will be funded.

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. Efforts in pursuit of the “Project Prioritization and Implementation Plan” have been conducted virtually, with many thanks to the Eastern Sierra's unprecedented open-access broadband network capacity via Digital 395.

"ESSRP Prospectus"

ESSRP PROSPECTUS FOR FUTURE INVESTMENTS

Over a series of meetings in 2021, the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership met to develop long term priorities for sustainable recreation in the region. The “Prospectus” includes eight investment strategies, feasibility parameters, guiding principles, and ESSRP project pillars. Please click above to view or download.

"SRTI Projects"

Buttermilk Infrastructure and Recreation Planning Initiative (BIRPI)

The Buttermilk Infrastructure and Recreation Planning Initiative (BIRPI) will fund recreation infrastructure improvements for toilets and trails and provide focused recreation planning in the Buttermilk Bouldering Area and conceptual long-term recreation planning in the Buttermilk Project Area. Please click above for more information about this project.

Eastern Sierra Visitor Connection Program

The regional sustainable recreation communication program will coordinate in-person opportunities, create content and a website for digital outreach, develop employee training, coordinate kiosks and signage, develop a strategic plan, and research visitor audience to maximize messaging efficacy. Please click above for more information about this project.

Regional Recreation Capacity

The Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (ESCOG) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) intends to apply for funding on behalf of their Sustainable Recreation & Ecosystem Management Program. The ESCOG requires organizational capacity and institutional support to administer funding opportunities for sustainable recreation. Please click above for more information about this project.

Eastern Sierra Campground Improvements

This project will allow ESCOG to close a capacity gap related to Inyo National Forest campground improvements. ESCOG will seek funding to perform necessary technical and financial analysis, stakeholder and public outreach, including visuals, and funder engagement to finance construction. Please click above for more information about this project.

Eastern Sierra Connected Communities: Trail Plan

ESCOG will seek funding to develop a region-wide trail system in collaboration with ESSRP partners. Eastern Sierra communities will be provided opportunities to envision, create, and maintain a trail system based on existing trails with links to community and recreation sites. Please click above for more information about this project.

Dispersed Camping Mitigation: Camp Like a Pro

Mono County seeks funding on behalf of the region to grow the dispersed camping management programs implemented in the summer of 2021: enhancing outreach, expanding waste management, reducing instances of human-caused wildfires through information-sharing and enforcement, and continuing to build a culture of responsible recreation. Please click above for more information about this project.

Vulnerability in California’s Eastern Sierra: Asset Inventory & Gap Analysis

As recommended by SRTI’s “A Changing Climate: Vulnerability in California’s Eastern Sierra,” the Region’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience Assessment, funding is being pursued to create a GIS inventory of recreation assets including a gap analysis for resilience for all regional jurisdictions. Please click above for more information about this project.

Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway Analysis

Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway Analysis

Over 20 years ago, regional agencies and sponsors created the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway, with interpretive signage along Highway 395 from Fossil Falls to Topaz Lake. Originally intended to have a lifespan of 25 years, the signs have become dated and damaged, and the accompanying brochure is no longer in distribution. This project will review the complex jurisdictional and land tenure issues necessary to recommend the next steps for the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway.

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Last Updated: November 16, 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.