March 31st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
Andrea Mead Lawrence, alpine skiing Olympic double gold medalist, mother of five, visionary environmental leader, 16-year Mono County Supervisor, and advocate for Mono Lake’s protection, passed away on March 30 at home in Mammoth Lakes with her family at her side. She was 76.
Andrea was an inspirational leader, a tireless champion of doing the right thing, and a gracious model of how to simply be a good person. Here at the Mono Lake Committee she was our sounding board, our conscience, and our friend. We will miss her enormously.
Andrea Mead Lawrence in 2008, hosting the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers Award Banquet. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.
Andrea dedicated her life to preserving our shared public landscapes and values. After moving to … more »
March 26th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
Date of sighting: 3/26/09
Northern Pygmy Owl roadkill near the Mono Inn–a beautiful bird! And yesterday I heard meadowlarks singing again!
March 26th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
Updated on March 30:
Today President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, making the new wilderness designations official. Both Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke eloquently on our national heritage in these lands and our duty to protect them for future generations. Good excerpts are here on the White House blog.
Now, would you believe that a measurable percentage of the Lee Vining population was in attendance? That’s right, local friends Tim Alpers, of Alpers Trout, and Sally Miller, of The Wilderness Society, joined President Obama and other dignitaries at the White House for the signing. That represents 0.5% of Lee Vining!
We’re awaiting all their stories but already have a photo back of them with Buck McKeon, our local Congressman and a champion of the bill (that’s him on the left). Congratulations Sally, Tim, and everyone who has worked for years to make this bill a reality.
March 26 post:
Yesterday’s public lands bill designating new wilderness areas in the Eastern Sierra passed with strong bipartisan support. Here in the Mono Basin there’s a lot of excitement that more than 50,000 acres of public land near Mono Lake were included. It’s great news for protection of Mono Lake and nearby watersheds and great news for these outstanding scenic and ecologically valuable areas to the west in the Sierra and to the east as well.
The LA Times covers the bill’s passage today: Wilderness protection bill gets Congress’ OK
March 25th, 2009 by Herley Jim, Los Angeles Education Coordinator
I had a good day Sunday, March 22, representing the Mono Lake Committee at March for Water, the Los Angeles celebration of World Water Day. It was organized by Miguel Luna, (Executive Director of Universidad del Agua, Urban Semillas, and several other organizations), and featured David Nahai (DWP General … more »
March 25th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
This morning the House of Representatives passed the long-awaited wilderness bill, which is now on its way to President Obama for approval.
The bill includes outstanding lands in the Mono Basin and overlooking Mono Lake, including … more »
March 24th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
Spring is officially upon us which means once again I am interested in the osprey arrival dates. Please let me know the first date you see an osprey and the general location. One was spotted in Bishop yesterday, so they are arriving! Feel free to pass this request on to anyone else you think might see an osprey.
Posted by the Mono Lake Committee on behalf of:
Lisa Fields, Environmental Scientist
Sierra District, California State Parks
1155 North Lake Blvd.
PO Box 16
Tahoe City, CA 96145
March 24th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
The country of South Africa.
According to my flight itinerary it took me 31 hours, 10 minutes and 11,311 miles to get from San Francisco to Durban, South Africa, leaving me with just about enough energy left to cringe at the thought of the carbon footprint of the trip. … more »
March 23rd, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
Visit LandLines today!
Today’s quick note is about our friends at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. They are working hard to protect vital lands throughout the region and they’ve completed a number of important projects, including several of note here in the Mono Basin.
They have a new blog — LandLines — on their website, so when you are browsing for the latest news, be sure to make a visit!
Eastern Sierra LandLines
March 20th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
Date of sighting: 3/18/2009
It was fun to see quite a few California Gulls back around down at the lake – maybe 30 or so. It always feels like summer is not too far once they arrive!
March 20th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
Today is the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The days are now getting longer than the nights, the sun continues to move higher in the sky, and the snow line continues to move uphill. Our homepage has changed–winter photos are gone and spring … more »