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Musings on a Mono Basin autumn

October 25th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julia Frankenbach, 2013 Project Specialist.

The Mono Basin received its first real snow of the season on the 9th of October as the fall colors were at their peak. Eager to get out in the first snow, I took a two-hour lunch break to hike up to Parker Lake through the snowfall and to snap these shots.

Parker Lake on October 9, 2013 as the season’s first snow fell. Photo by Julia Frankenbach.

The bright orange aspens gave the newly whitened landscape a surreal glow. Beginning about a mile from the Parker Lake Road turnoff from Highway 158, the Parker Lake trail winds about two miles upward through sagebrush and small meadows. It follows Parker Creek through groves of aspens and Jeffrey pine stands, ending up at … more »

Blue Heron

October 24th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 1014/2013

We saw a Blue Heron on Green Creek about 1/2 mile above Dynamo Pond. It was hunting in the shallows 2 consecutive mornings

Celebrating the Mono Basin Stream Restoration Agreement

October 24th, 2013 by Arya, Communications Director
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Conventional wisdom says that in life it is important to celebrate successes. By all accounts, the Mono Basin Stream Restoration Agreement certainly qualifies, so on September 30th we celebrated.

The celebration started with everyone packing into the Mono Lake Committee headquarters at the Information Center & Bookstore. Photo by Jessica Ashley.

In truth, we celebrated a lot of things that day—starting with the original State Water Board restoration orders that led us to this day and have produced the results you can already see on Rush, Lee Vining, Parker, and Walker creeks. We celebrated the resolution of three years of intensive collaborative negotiations between the Mono Lake Committee, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP), CalTrout, and the Department of Fish & Wildlife. We celebrated an innovative, groundbreaking, and precedent-setting agreement that signals the launch of a new era of restoration in the Mono Basin. And we celebrated a new era of restoration that includes … more »

Fall 2013 Mono Lake Newsletter available online

October 24th, 2013 by Arya, Communications Director
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I wish you could have been here in the Mono Basin on September 30. Yes, you, who just flipped to this page—maybe you’re the longest-running member of the Mono Lake Committee, or the scientist who studied songbirds here, the wackiest intern, the mother of the wackiest intern, the most dedicated lawyer, the water drinker from Los Angeles, the kid who tried an alkali fly at South Tufa, the fifth-generation Mono Basin family member, the Highway 395 truck driver, the Chautauqua bird calling contest winner, or the international visitor who accidentally got stuck here for the night and fell in love with Mono Lake—we celebrated a big success, a big success for all of us.

In this issue of the Newsletter you’ll get the details of the brand new Stream Restoration Agreement and why it is worth … more »

Now hiring: Information Center & Bookstore Manager

October 23rd, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2013 Office Director.

The Mono Lake Committee is now accepting applications for our full-time, year-round Information Center & Bookstore Manager position.

Beautiful fall colors at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The Information Center & Bookstore is a critical space for spreading the word about Mono Lake, signing up new members for the Mono Lake Committee, and selling relevant books and merchandise. The Information Center & Bookstore Manager is a key part of the Mono Lake Committee team, and is responsible for overseeing most elements of the Information Center & Bookstore, including retail sales, mail order, web store, and wholesale programs.

This position is currently open and we are accepting applications. To apply, take a look at the job description, and then send a cover letter and resume to Education Director Bartshe Miller. … more »

Yosemite National Park is open!

October 16th, 2013 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Wednesday evening, October 16: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Yosemite National Park has reopened.

Officials at Yosemite National Park announced that it reopened Wednesday night after Congress approved a deal to end the federal government shutdown.

Visitors can use public areas and roads immediately while other park facilities and services begin to reopen Thursday, park Supt. Don Neubacher said.

 

Read the full update here: Yosemite reopens after deal to end government shutdown

Mono Basin government shutdown update for October 15

October 15th, 2013 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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As lawmakers in the House and Senate work toward reopening the federal government, the shutdown remains in place, affecting large amounts of land in our area. The following update is compiled by the nonprofit Mono Lake Committee and represents the best current information we can obtain.

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve: This is a good time to remember the importance of our State Park at Mono Lake which is open and active. Two major lake sites (Old Marina and the north shore County Park boardwalk) are state park run, open, and are welcoming visitors every day. Ranger Marquart is on duty.

Scenic Area Visitor Center: Closed. No wood permits or … more »

Tioga Pass is open

October 14th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2013 Office Director.

After a brief closure due to snow, Tioga Pass re-opened on Friday, October 11 around 11:30am. This is the time of year when the road can open and close frequently due to storms—always check road conditions before you travel. Please keep in mind that while the road is open to through traffic, Yosemite National Park is still closed to recreation due to the government shutdown.

2015 Mono Lake Calendar call for submissions

October 11th, 2013 by Arya, Communications Director
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Calling all photographers! The call for submission for the 2015 Mono Lake Calendar is happening. If you are interested in submitting, click here for the submission information and read on for details. The submission deadline has been delayed this year and is: Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Since 1986, the magnificent geological and ecological wonders of Mono Lake have been celebrated in the Mono Lake Calendar, published by the Mono Lake Committee. Sales of the calendar help to fund the efforts of our non-profit organization to protect and restore both the lake and the Mono Basin.

The Mono Lake Calendar has been widely acclaimed for its artistic merit, due in large measure to the talent of the contributing photographers. Each year, the calendar has been published according to exacting standards of artistic, photographic, and manufacturing excellence. Photographs of the highest caliber that capture the spirit and reflect the unique qualities of Mono Lake and environs are requested.

Click here for the call for submissions paperwork necessary for submitting. Submission deadline: Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

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Tioga Pass temporarily closed

October 8th, 2013 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Tioga Pass closed temporarily at 6:00pm, Tuesday, October 8 due to a snowstorm forecast to begin Wednesday morning. The National Park Service will reopen the road as soon as possible when conditions are safe—we do not anticipate that this closure will close the road for the whole winter season.

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