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No closure of National Parks; in fact, just the opposite

June 6th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

State Park Closure Action Alert CenterThe National Park Service is taking a different approach to managing parks in these tough economic times: offering free entry days.

In contrast to the Governor’s economy-damaging proposal to shut down California state parks, the feds are looking at parks as economic recovery tools. Free entry days, planned … more »

Spring update: A taste of winter

June 6th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

With only two weeks left until the summer solstice, wintry weather brought cold temperatures, rain, and snow to the Mono Basin this weekend. On Friday morning Tioga Pass was closed briefly and Sonora Pass had chain controls.

WEATHER
We’ve had over two weeks of thunderstorms and more are expected next week. Our rain gauge in Lee Vining caught at least a trace of rain on ten of the last 14 days, adding up to almost an inch of rain. This morning heavy snow … more »

One hundred new Jeffrey Pines at Rush Creek

June 6th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Erika Obedzinski, 2009 Office Director.

Greg and Rose planting a Jeffrey Pine seedling. Photo by Erika Obedzinski

Greg and Rose teaching the group the best way to plant each seedling.

This morning 13 Committee staff and Mono Lake volunteers planted 100 Jeffrey Pine seedlings near Rush Creek. After many days of overcast weather, it was a beautiful sunny morning and good to be outdoors. The recent rainy weather made digging holes for the new trees easy—the toughest job was … more »

State Park Closure List

June 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

State Park Closure Action Alert CenterThe list of California State Parks slated for closure in the Governor’s budget proposal is 220 parks long. Here it is:

Parks to be closed County
Admiral William Standley SRA Mendocino
Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP Shasta … more »

LA Times opposes state park closures

June 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

State Park Closure Action Alert CenterThe Los Angeles Times has published a thoughtful editorial on why closing California’s State Parks could cost more than keeping them open.

Closing California’s state parks: too costly?
The state will still have to care for the wilderness areas, and one fire caused by illegal activity could more than wipe out any savings.

Sacramento update on Mono Lake, Bodie closure

June 3rd, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

State Park Closure Action Alert CenterYesterday, on the fourth floor of the state capitol in Sacramento, the future of California’s state parks received a three hour hearing from legislators on the Budget Conference Committee.

Front and center: the Governor’s proposal to close 220 state parks including Mono Lake and Bodie.

I drove over to join Betsy Reifsnider, the Mono Lake Committee’s Sacramento Policy Associate, to testify and present over 900 public letters in opposition to closing the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, Bodie State Historic Park, and indeed all state parks.

That’s right: over 900 letters!! Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter so quickly. (If you haven’t done so yet, please do: we’re still gathering letters for the next phase of this campaign). Legislators were curious what the huge stack of paper I was carrying could be, were sympathetic to your concerns, and all your comments are now in the official record.

We also presented Mono County’s letter opposing closure of Bodie and Mono Lake, which the county Supervisors passed in an emergency action that same day. The County made excellent points and was the only … more »

Costa’s in LV

June 3rd, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 6/3/09

Sounds like Costa’s Hummingbirds are around.  This morning at 7 AM a male was doing his pendulum display for a female perched in a bitterbrush, just below the National Forest Visitor’s Center on the Lee Vining Creek trail (above that little wooden bridge).

Mono Lake state park closure threat – June 1 update

June 1st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

State Park Closure Action Alert Center

Thank you to all who have written letters in opposition to the closure of the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve!

In less than 48 hours you’ve generated well over 800 letters and we are printing them now! Tomorrow we will deliver them in Sacramento when the Legislative Budget Conference Committee takes up the park closure proposal for discussion.

Don’t stop now! If you haven’t yet written a letter, please do. Even though it won’t make our printout list today we strongly suspect that additional letters will be needed in the days ahead.

Action Alert summary:

Please take action today

  1. Use our website to compose a letter in support of Mono Lake.
  2. Consider making a donation to support our work on this urgent threat.
  3. Write a second letter in support of all 200+ threatened state parks via the Save Our State Parks coalition.

You can also read the original action alert Mono-logue post

ACTION ALERT (updated)! Mono Lake, Bodie State Parks proposed for closure

May 29th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

State Park Closure Action Alert Center

It’s time to speak up for Mono Lake!

Mono Lake, Bodie–and indeed all State Parks in the Sierra district–are on Governor Schwarzenegger’s just-released proposed closure list.

This dramatic and unnecessary action will undermine Mono Lake’s protection and damage the tourism-based economy of Mono County.

Your support for the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve (and Bodie too!) is needed.

Please take action today

  1. Use our website to compose a letter in support of Mono Lake.
  2. Consider making a donation to support our work on this urgent threat.
  3. Write a second letter in support of all 200+ threatened state parks via the Save Our State Parks coalition.

Recent news coverage … more »

Osprey and airborne trout

May 26th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: May 22, 2009

I was out on lower Mill Creek looking at some great historic stream channel sections that are just waiting for enough water to restore the bottomland forest. Saw some trout in the creek, and so did an osprey apparently; it flew overhead with a fish stuggling in its talons.

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