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Motorized use options at Shady Rest meetings begin Feb. 10

February 1, 2011

Mammoth's highly used Shady Rest area has a long history of sometimes conflicting uses, especially in the winter when snowmobilers and skiers, dog walkers and snowshoers vie for the trail system. Although the conflicts have died down somewhat over the years, due mostly to hard work by both user groups in educating their members, the need for a final solution for winter use in the area, still remains.

That opportunity might be available finally.

The Inyo National Forest recently received an off highway vehicle grant from the state of California to fund recreation planning efforts for the “Shady Rest” area within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

The planning process is designed to address year-round motorized use while considering the needs of non-motorized users in the immediate and surrounding area and the potential impact of proposed geothermal development. The desired outcome of the planning process is to design, review, and approve the development of a new motorized staging area.

The planning process will begin with a series of public meetings to discuss current and future recreation uses and review site development options. Information from the public meetings will be used to help develop a proposed action released to the public and subject to the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Enviornmental Quality Act.

A series of three public meetings will be held to discuss the future recreation management of the Shady Rest area.

All meetings will be held at the auditorium of the Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station and begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last about one and a half hours.

The first one will be Feb. 10 on the topic of: Existing condition, current uses and needs assessment
The second meeting will be Feb. 17 on the topic of: Multiple uses, recreation development options
The third will be March 3 on the topic of: Presentation and review of recreation alternatives

For further questions regarding the recreation planning process, contact Jon Kazmierski, recreation officer for the Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake Ranger Districts, at 760-924-5503 or jkazmierski@fs.fed.us

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