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Eastern Sierra News for June 16, 2024






The Inyo National Forest announces that a series of meetings are scheduled to encourage collaborative discussion for OSV Planning. There will be two virtual meetings via Zoom (sharing the same content) and three Coffee with the District Ranger meetings. The latter are designed to be an informal opportunity to look at OSV use in the field.

Tuesday, February 8th , virtual meeting, 2:00pm – 3:00pm,

Thursday, February 10th , virtual meeting, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Both meetings use the same link: Please see additional information (below) for those joining by phone.

Saturday, February 12thCoffee with the District Ranger

  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am Shady Rest Park, near OSV staging area, Town of Mammoth Lakes
  • 11:00 am – noon, the Sherwins, propane tanks at the Sherwin Creek Rd.

Saturday, February 26th , Coffee with the District Ranger

  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Bald Mountain Road/Deadman Summit Staging Area

Please join us and share your concerns, ideas, and solutions. Thanks to the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation for providing the Zoom link for the virtual meeting and for providing the coffee for the Coffee with the District Ranger.

Scoping for Subpart C of Travel Management is anticipated to begin later this year. Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR 212, Subpart C) requires the “Responsible Official to designate National Forest System (NFS) roads, NFS trails, and areas on NFS lands where OSV use is allowed in administrative units or Ranger Districts, or parts of administrative units or Ranger Districts, where snowfall is adequate for OSV use to occur.”

The forest must develop an Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which identifies the roads, trails and areas where OSV use will be designated. The final product will be a map, showing where OSV use may be designated and, if appropriate, may be designated by class of vehicle and time of year.

Administrative uses, emergency vehicles, and uses authorized under special use permits (or other authorizations) are exempted from the decision.


Additional information if joining virtual meeting via phone:

Meeting ID: 880 6163 2023

Passcode: 785599.

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