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Wanted: Mono Lake photos (calendar submission deadline: October 31)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 by Arya, Communications Director
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Submitting images for consideration for the Mono Lake Calendar has never been easier, so if you have a beautiful shot, we’d love to see it! Now is the time—the deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, and you can find submission information here.

We are looking for images of scenes within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake, and possible subjects include, but are not limited to: plants, geologic features, streams, (more…)

Book review: Relicts of a Beautiful Sea lends new understanding of the desert around us

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

The Inyo Mountain slender salamander is found in just five locations (all in the Inyo Mountains) and has been classified as endangered since 1996. The Devil’s Hole pupfish only lives in Devil’s Hole in the Amargosa Valley—a body of water smaller than your bedroom and with water averaging 93 degrees Fahrenheit. These species have adapted and descended from ancestors living in the Great Basin when it was an enormous sea.

Conservation biologist Christopher Norment’s talk and book signing at the Mono Lake Committee on October 15 brought wonder, understanding, and a new appreciation for life in its many forms. Norment’s book, Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction and Conservation in a Desert World, looks at the Great Basin and the sea it once was. A review by T. DeLene Beeland, author of (more…)

50,000+ Mono Basin area acres protected

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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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.

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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

Bill passes, new Mono wilderness on the way!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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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…)

Action Alert Update: First Vote Lost by 2, Second Vote Coming Up

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Today the US House of Representatives voted 282 to 144 to pass S.22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act–but since a 2/3 majority was required for procedural reasons, the bill hasn’t passed yet.

The east slopes of Mt. Conness and North Peak are proposed for Wilderness designation. Photo by Greg Reis.

The east slopes of Mt. Conness and North Peak are proposed for Wilderness designation. Photo by Greg Reis.

Another vote will be taken at some point, perhaps soon. And an amendment was added which requires the bill, if it passes, to go back to the senate.

Please call your representative and thank them for voting yes! If they voted no, please call them to ask that they vote yes the next time around. See how your representative voted. U.S. Capitol Switchboard phone number to be transferred to your Rep’s office: (202) 224-3121.

Please explain to your representative why you support this bill. The Mono Lake Committee supports it because (more…)

Action Alert update – no vote yet

Friday, February 13th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Earlier reports suggested that the Omnibus Public Lands Act was headed for a vote on February 11. However other business apparently intervened, so the vote didn’t take place. Watch for further scheduling news when Congress returns from the President’s Day recess. All the details on the Act’s importance at Mono Lake are in our Action Alert.

Action Alert – Your phone call for wilderness needed!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Mono Lake needs your help!

Congress is preparing to act on historic wilderness and wild rivers legislation that will protect public lands near Mono Lake and in the Eastern Sierra.

Please phone your Congressional representative and express your support! (more…)

Wilderness legislation advancing

Monday, January 12th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Word is that an omnibus federal lands bill is advancing that incorporates wilderness designation in the Eastern Sierra. This includes federal lands in areas west and east of Mono Lake. Stay tuned!

Senate boosts wilderness protection across US – washingtonpost.com.

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