Red’s, Lakes Basin closures
For the Reds Meadow Valley Road, the Forest will close the gates to Reds Meadow Valley at the end of the day on Thursday, October 30th.
If snow falls and accumulates on the road on Friday, the road will remain closed for the winter. If the storm does not materialize, the road to Reds Meadow Valley will remain open through Sunday, November 2nd and be closed for the winter beginning on Monday, November 3rd. Overnight parking in the Reds Meadow Valley is currently prohibited, per regulation designed to prevent vehicles from becoming stranded after October 15th every year.
In the Mammoth Lakes Basin, the forest will implement winter closures if snow accumulations of more than four inches are on the ground at the Lake Mary gate and is continuing to snow and accumulate. If the total snow is less than four inches, primary roads into the Mammoth Lakes Basin will remain open and conditions will be monitored in subsequent days and closed if additional snow accumulates or safety concerns arise. All visitors to the Mammoth Lakes Basin are encouraged to travel with vehicles and equipment that are suitable for driving in winter mountain weather.
Information on road closures, current conditions, and winter recreation in the Mammoth Lakes area and on the Inyo National Forest can be obtained at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by visiting the Inyo National Forest website, or by calling 760-924-5500.
Forest planning meetings
The U.S. Forest Service recently announced a series of public meetings for the Forest Plan Revision for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.
The local meeting here on the Eastside will take place on Thursday, November 20 from 6-8 p.m. @ the Tri-County Fairgrounds in the Tallman Pavilion.
This “open house” styled meeting will be primarily informational to share the issues and concerns the agency has heard during the recently completed scoping phase. There is no formal comment period associated with this meeting.
In September, the Forest Service announced its intent to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests.
The final EIS will result in three separate plans with three Records of Decision.
There will be an opportunity for formal comment when the draft EIS (DEIS) is released in April 2015.
Also … the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the INF are initiating an environmental analysis for changes to their motorized trail and road networks. They will modifying routes in various locations – mainly between Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining. The purpose of the project is to improve important recreational, tribal and permitted-use access and address safety concerns, while improving resource conditions.
The complete proposed action with detailed project area maps is available on the Inyo National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=44720. Hard copies can be obtained at Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center at 2510 Hwy 203 in Mammoth Lakes, or Inyo National Forest Supervisors Office at 351 Pacu Lane in Bishop, CA. You can also request a copy of the proposed action by contacting Jon Kazmierski at 760.924.5503 or email@example.com.
The proposed action is currently available for a 30-day scoping period. Your comments will be most helpful if received by November 15. Please send to Jon Kazmierski at the above address.