March 8: The University of California White Mountain Research Station invites the public to a lecture on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Sue Burak, Avalanche Specialist of Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center will present a talk entitled: “How to Read an Avalanche Advisory: Lessons Learned from Avalanche Incidents.” All lectures are FREE to the public. White Mountain Research Station is located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop. For more information, call 760.873.4344.
March 9: The Inyo National Forest and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have submitted preliminary applications for grant funds from the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division for the purpose of enhancing and managing motorized recreation in this area. These and all other grant applications, as well as detailed instructions about the process and how to comment, are viewable from March 6 until April 2 on the OHMVR website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/. Comments may be submitted on the division website and/or sent directly to the responsible agency. Comments must be received by April 2.
The two agencies will hold an informal public open house from 1 – 3 p.m. on March 9, at the Forest Service/BLM office located right behind the Department of Motor Vehicles, at 351 Pacu Lane in Bishop. Drop in any time during those two hours to review and discuss the grant applications. Representatives from the two agencies, as well as others from the OHV Leadership Group will be there to answer questions and to receive or facilitate your comments on changes, concerns or support for the final grant applications, which will be submitted by May 7.
For more information, or if you have special needs for accommodation in order to participate in this public open house, please call Marty Hornick, Forest Trails Coordinator at 760.873.2461 or Rich Williams, BLM Recreation Planner at 760.872.5033.
March 10: Join Friends of the Inyo for a Tablelands exploration north of Bishop. With fantastic volcanic land forms, hidden labyrinthine canyons, winter wildlife, and early spring flowers, there’s a bit of something for everyone. If it’s stormy, there may even be some amazing ephemeral streams and waterfalls. Please bring clothing for any weather condition, food and water for the day. It’s a moderate 3-mile round trip but if it’s interesting, we’ll spend most of the day out there. Trip is all weather unless snow closes roads. Meet at Friends of the Inyo, 819 North Barlow Lane, Bishop, at 8:45 a.m. or at the intersection of the Chalkbluff Road and Five Bridges Road (just west of the gravel pits) by the BLM kiosk at 9 a.m. Contact: Todd Vogel, email@example.com or 760.873.6500. Well-behaved dogs welcome.