The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association wants everyone to know that February
2020 marks its Golden Anniversary partnership with the Inyo National Forest
established 50 years ago.
The partnership began on February 20, 1970. ESIA is the first independent
organization in the United States offering interpretation to operate under a
Participating Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service for education purposes.
As one of the oldest nonprofits in the region, ESIA was established in 1970 by
visionary citizens interested in helping the U.S. Forest Service provide interpretive
education with the public on our unique landscape stressing the importance of
public lands in the Sierra.
ESIA began cooperating with the U.S. Forest Service selling and distributingf
books, maps, and other media related to the Natural and Human History of the
Inyo National Forest. The group started with no funds to start with, but over time
found a way to get an initial stock of topographical maps made of the area.
Today, ESIA’s ongoing agency partnerships include the Inyo National Forest,
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and a host of other federal agency partners.
The ESIA also works closely with many local organizations to help enhance the
visitor experiences to our Federal lands.
For 50 years, ESIA’s mission has remained the same: to educate and inspire
people about Sierra Nevada public lands and offers interpretive programs and
events year-roung, with exhibits along the Sierra Nevada, and offers it collection
of interpretive products to 17 locations.
ESIA will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary throughout all of 2020. There will
be more celebration announcements to come.