Skip to main content
Search MLTPA


The Buttermilk Project Area is an iconic destination in the Eastern Sierra Region and has seen increasing numbers of visitors in recent years, straining existing recreation infrastructure while presenting opportunities to improve the visitor experience and conserve natural resource assets through engaged recreation management. The Buttermilk Infrastructure and Recreation Planning Initiative (BIRPI) was a two-phase Project to address current resource impacts and plan for sustainable recreation in the Buttermilk area.

Phase 1 included the installation of a double-vault toilet at the popular Buttermilk area.   Phase 2 included conceptual recreation planning focusing on the interconnected nature of recreation activities in the Project Area and the documentation of needs and gaps for future recreation infrastructure improvements. The conceptual planning effort was be a stakeholder driven collaborative effort.

April 28 - December 29, 2023 MLTPA worked with Alta Planning + Design on this  grant funded project that ws managed by the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments.

This project was idenitfied by the Sustainable Recreation & Tourism Initiave as one of eight regional sustainable recreation projects recommended for implementation

Buttermilk Infrastructure and Recreation Planning Initiative Webpage

Click above to visit the Eastern Sierra Council of Government's "BIRPI" webpage.

ESSRP Project Recommendation for BIRPI

Click above to view the SRTI "BIRPI" Project Summary. In 2020-21, the SRTI identified a diversified collection of eight developed and funding-ready projects through a collaborative approach. "BIRPI" is one of those projects. In 2022 the ESCOG was awarded a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

SRTI Final Recommended Projects

Click above for more information about the eight developed and funding-ready projects identified through the SRTI process. SRTI was funded by a grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Last updated December 14, 2023