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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles is just a week away

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles is just a week away! Here are a few reasons to buy your tickets today:

1. Get inspired. Join us as we travel across the globe to learn about an emerging ski culture in China, meet a duo in search of the perfect wave in Iceland, raft down the Chattooga River with President Jimmy Carter, and climb the Seven Summits with Wasfia, a woman from Bangladesh.

Still from “Wasfia,” courtesy of the South Yuba River Citizens League.

2. Feel good. Our film lineup has no shortage of amazing people working hard to protect the places they love. You’ll meet a man from Georgia changing lives while transitioning to more sustainable farming practices, an Alaskan community dedicated to maintaining a healthy river and salmon population, and Destiny, a high school student fighting against all odds for the health of her community.

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2016 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report

Saturday, January 7th, 2017 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Annual Report is now available online.

2016 Annual Report cover

Cover photo courtesy of Thomas Piekunka.

The report is full of photos of the Mono Lake Committee in action in our focus areas of protection, restoration, education, and scientific research. It also has the Committee’s (more…)

Going solar for students at Mono Lake

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 by Bartshé, Education Director
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In October the very busy folks at Sierra Solar installed new solar panels on the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center (OEC) roof. The photovoltaic system is the first step in the energy and water efficiency development of the OEC site, demonstrating the connection of energy and water and the increasing value and need to minimize our carbon and water footprint.

XX new solar panels successfully installed at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Sixteen new solar panels were successfully installed at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center in October. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Thanks to a bequest by the Ward Family, the new solar panels will offset approximately 80–100% of all electrical use at the site. Because the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center is on a long-term lease (more…)

A student’s first snow, high above Mono Lake

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Lisa, Outdoor Education Instructor
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The Roosevelt High Outsiders pause for a breath on their high-altitude snow hike. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The Roosevelt High Outsiders pause for a breath on their high-altitude snow hike. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Written from the perspective of students from Roosevelt High School.

I am from Guatemala. I have never seen snow.

I am from Mexico. I have never seen snow.

I am from El Salvador. I have never seen snow.

I LOVE SNOW! ME GUSTA LA NIEVE!

I go to Roosevelt High School. I should be a senior, but because I have to pass all four of the English Language Development courses, I am a sophomore. This is my first time in (more…)

“The story of Mono Lake gives me hope”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Lisa, Outdoor Education Instructor
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The latest group that traveled to the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center from Los Angeles was Communities for a Better Environment (CBE). Aimed at empowering communities of color and low-income communities, CBE works on a myriad of environmental issues in neighborhoods to improve public health, air quality, and drinking water.

Members of CBE pause for a group photo after learning about the brine shrimp and the alkali fly. Photo by Antonia Chihuahua.

Members of CBE pause for a group photo after learning about the brine shrimp and the alkali fly. Photo by Antonia Chihuahua.

There were 15 participants, including staff, who came for a week of experiential education in the Mono Basin. Communities for a Better Environment was founded in the same year as the Mono Lake Committee, 1978. (more…)

2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, LA: Do you have your tickets yet?

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Robbie, Project Specialist
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The Thousand Year Journey is showing in the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of @jedidiahjenkins.

The routine is the enemy of time; it makes it fly by.”
—Jedidiah Jenkins, The Thousand Year Journey

Step out of the routine and join us for the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles March 10 & 12. You will be transported around the world and everywhere you look will bring a new and different perspective. We will take you skiing, skateboarding, biking, kayaking, surfing, slacklining, and freerunning, to wild places that otherwise go undiscovered. Each film is (more…)

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles: Tickets on sale!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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This year marks the Committee’s fifth year hosting a Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Tickets to the Mono Lake Committee’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles are now available! Simply visit the Mono Lake Committee online store to purchase yours today. We are thrilled to be continuing our event at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00pm, which will kick off with a Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ performance (not to be missed). We are also expanding the festival to the Sierra Madre City Hall Council Chambers on Saturday, March 12, for a special children’s program at 2:00pm and our full lineup at 7:00pm.

This year’s festival features 14 short films on everything from skiing to cycling, bighorn sheep to dogs, and slacklining to skateboarding, all through beautiful, poignant, and fun (more…)

Save the date: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles, March 10 & 12, 2016

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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We are excited to announce the Mono Lake Committee’s fifth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles this spring. The festival features inspiring films on outdoor adventure, environmental activism, natural wonders, and more. This year we are expanding the festival to a second date and venue!

WSFF 2016

All proceeds from the event go toward the Committee’s Outdoor Education Center programs, which bring youth from Los Angeles to the Mono Basin to learn about where their water comes from and allows them to experience this magical place.

We hope you plan to join us this year to see these inspiring films and support outdoor education programs at Mono Lake! We look forward to reconnecting with Committee members and friends of the Los Angeles area who help make our work here possible and we’ll continue to post festival updates here on the Mono-logue. Stay tuned for information about tickets, which will be on sale soon!

Magic: The Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center programs

Friday, January 8th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This essay, written by Ron Ozuna, appears in the 2016 Mono Lake Calendar.

Theodore Roosevelt High School had more than 5,000 students on a year-round schedule when we first started going to the Mono Lake Committee’s Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center in 2001. I was part of the Humanitas Program, teaching Environmental Science, and my partner (and wife) Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna, taught Environmental Literature. Together, we developed classes that included an unusual component: a five-day field trip to the Sierra Nevada for students to live, work, and learn about nature, animals, geology, water, and life.

Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

A group of students from Roosevelt High School start their visit to the Mono Basin with a South Tufa tour. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

We began planning the first trip by talking to Herley Jim Bowling, the Mono Lake Committee’s Los Angeles Education Coordinator. There were major obstacles—the trip would require the school to (more…)

California’s urban water conservation efforts

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Geoff, Executive Director
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The fourth year of drought has ushered in intensive urban water conservation efforts across the state.

South Tufa, with Negit and Paoha islands and the Bodie Hills beyond. Photo by Erv Nichols.

South Tufa, with Negit and Paoha islands and the Bodie Hills beyond. Photo by Erv Nichols.

In Southern California there are many ways residents can save water (see the Mono Lake Committee’s water conservation web page for a lot of great and simple ideas). One highly popular option is replacing water-hungry lawn turf with drought-resistant native plants. So popular, in fact, that all $350 million in rebate incentives authorized by the Metropolitan Water District in June was spent by July. (more…)

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