Archive - May 24, 2013
Forest makes plans for the next 20 years
Much of what makes the Eastern Sierra the Eastern Sierra—its high granite peaks, its mountain creeks, its wildlife, and wildness—is under the management of the Inyo National Forest, and now the agency wants help from the public figuring out how to manage it for another 20 years.
To that end, forest planners are working on a new revision of the existing forest plan that they hope will keep the forest alive and thriving.
Deadlines placed for June, July
Mammoth’s town council last week set July 3 as a deadline for businesses wishing to protest the creation of a revenue-generating Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).
The July date would be the end of a 45-day period that is required under California state law.
The TBID, which asks businesses to pony up a percentage of sales for a five-year period, has been prodded along by Mammoth Lakes Tourism Executive Director John Urdi.
Drought could damage ranchers for years
The rich and fertile irrigated meadows and croplands that surround the small towns of Mono County are more than a pretty foreground to the towering Sierra—they provide the second greatest economic engine the region has, second only to tourism.
Cattle, sheep, garlic, onions, carrots, alfalfa, even wine grapes—yes, grapes—grow here, to the tune of about $77 million dollars.
It’s more than that, however.