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Mono Lake featured in Greenwire

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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We love talking to folks about Mono Lake, especially people who are interested in looking at the Mono Lake story within the larger context of saline lakes. Such was the case when Mono Lake Committee Executive Director Geoffrey McQuilkin joined E&E Greenwire reporter Jeremy Jacobs for a lakeshore exploration this past April.

Jacobs is writing a series on “Dead Seas” that is worth reading to learn more about the Salton Sea and Owens Lake. For sure, you won’t want to miss the newest installment that focuses on Mono Lake. You can read the full story “Drought Threatens ‘genius’ regs that stopped L.A. water grab” here.

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Click the image above to read the whole article from E&E Publishing, LLC’s Greenwire.

Enjoy! And let us know if you have any questions.

Marina Fire update: Monday

Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Marina Fire continues to smolder on the slopes above the west shore of Mono Lake, but residents are breathing a cautious sigh of relief as firefighters now have the 654-acre fire 46% contained. (The change in acreage is due to more precise GPS mapping.) Fire crews continue to work on the ground and with air operations, improving containment around the fire perimeter and mopping up along Highway 395. The weather forecast is for high temperatures and low humidity and local afternoon winds, so fire crews remain on high alert for the potential for the fire to spread.

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A view of the Marina Fire area from Highway 395 taken this morning. Some people may recognize this area because of the aspen grove known for its beautiful colors in fall, or as the property involved in a Forest Service land trade to avoid development and subdivision around 2007. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

As of 8am this morning Highway 395 is open in both directions. Caltrans, Southern California Edison, and fire crews are active along Highway 395—please keep your eye out and drive safely along the section of Highway 395 along Mono Lake adjacent to the fire. (more…)

Marina Fire 9:00pm Friday update

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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As of 9:00pm tonight (Friday, June 24) the Marina Fire is still burning just north of Lee Vining along Hwy 395. At this time an evacuation warning has been issued for Lee Vining and Mono City. The Tioga Lodge and the Mono Inn have been evacuated. At this time Hwy 395 is closed.

The Marina Fire as seen from the north at around 8pm.

The Marina Fire as seen from the north at around 8pm Friday, June 24, 2016. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

A press release from the Inyo National Forest reports that the fire has grown to about 600 acres. There are approximately 300 personnel on the fire, and the fire has been determined to be human-caused and remains under investigation at this time. (more…)

Marina Fire 4:30pm update

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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As of 4:30pm the Marina Fire is still burning. The US Forest Service is reporting that it has burned an estimated 350 acres. The Tioga Lodge has been evacuated, and Lee Vining is still under an evacuation advisory. Firefighters have made great progress, but winds seem to be shifting and stoking the fire along the north edge.

Marina Fire as seen from Lee Vining.

The Marina Fire as seen from Lee Vining around 4pm on Friday, June 24, 2016. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

Firefighters continue to fight the fire both on the ground and with helicopters and air tankers. (more…)

Marina Fire and road closure update, 1:00pm

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Marina Fire continues to burn just north of Lee Vining in the steep slopes above Hwy 395 along Mono Lake. Fire crews, including air tankers and helicopters are fighting the fire and appear to be making good progress, though flames can still be seen on the southern edge of the burn. Residents of Lee Vining and Mono City received a reverse-911 call with a message that is it not necessary evacuate at this time, but to be prepared. Highway 395 is still officially closed, but Caltrans is escorting cars through the area when feasible. Businesses in Lee Vining are open.

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The Marina Fire as seen from Third Street in Lee Vining.

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Marina Fire north of Lee Vining closes Highway 395

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Marina Fire is burning on the slopes above Old Marina on Hwy 395 about one mile north of the town of Lee Vining.

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The Marina Fire seen from north of Lee Vining at Conway Summit. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

At this time the highway is closed from the north junction of State Route 120 (the Tioga Road) to the junction of State Route 167 (the turnoff to Hawthorne NV and Lundy Canyon). Periodic closing of Highway 395 in both directions should be expected. (more…)

Summer 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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Newsletter-Su-coverA full moon canoe tour on Mono Lake should be on your bucket list. There’s nothing like it. With the cool salty air off the water, the moonglade, the tufa towers even more otherworldly, birds and bats skirting through the quiet open sky—it’s like floating in the middle of a giant unbelievable black and white photograph.

While you’ve got your bucket list out, I recommend turning to page 14 of this Newsletter. The full moon canoe tour is just the beginning—the Mono Lake Committee is offering a whole slew of new guided trips and tours in addition to our regular offerings. We’ve pulled together some of the most knowledgeable, experienced, and fun people around to guide folks who are curious and want to see, learn, and do more in the Mono Basin. (more…)

Winter & Spring 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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Newsletter-WiSp-coverIt is often said that hope is not a strategy. At the Mono Lake Committee we take that to heart. Hope plays an important role, but it’s not a strategy. Balancing hope for a “big winter” with a dedication to tracking the sometimes-sobering realities of what the weather patterns are actually delivering is a challenge—especially after four drought years and in the flurry of excitement about and promise of the current El Niño.

Don’t get me wrong, Committee staff are the first to rejoice in any snowfall that comes our way. On any given day you might find Bartshe skiing up Tioga Pass at lunch; Jess finding new lines off of June Mountain; Robbie, Lily, Andrew, and Nora laying fresh tracks by moonlight; Lisa out checking on trout while walking Tucker; Elin telemarking with friends; or Geoff with his not-yet-two-year-old on her first set of skis. (more…)

Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee

Friday, December 25th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season …

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…. and a happy New Year from the Mono Lake Committee.

Photos courtesy of Arya Degenhardt, Malcolm Mosher Jr, Santiago Escruceria, and John Dittli.

This year, for Giving Tuesday at Mono Lake …

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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… we wanted to send out a happy snapshot and a quote from the writings of Mono Lake Committee Co-founder David Gaines.

Mono Lake can teach us to listen, to watch, to live quietly, to see the world anew. -- David Gaines

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Totally honestly, we’re a bit on the fence about Giving Tuesday ourselves. Is it just hype? Another bit of chaos to add to the holiday season? Does it do any good? What we’re not on the fence about is sharing our love for this place and the Mono Lake Committee members who make the work to protect and restore it possible, every day. So, we’ll go with that, and the simple reminder that we’re out here feeling thankful for your support, in all the beautiful ways you choose to show it. And, as always, we’re sending you best wishes from Mono Lake. #givingtuesday

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