Factoids re: Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center

Winning entry in Bristlecone Pine art competition. Watercolor painting by Mary Ann Thomas.

New Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center (Press Release)

 Fact Sheet

A Little History

  • Replacing the old “Silver Bullet” visitor, a log cabin visitor center was opened to the public in 1996.  It was destroyed by arson fire on September 4, 2008.
  • The new visitor center is opening to the public with a Grand Opening Celebration on September 1, 2012.


A Few Facts

  • The new 2,550 square feet Visitor Center is fully solar-powered and is LEED certified.
  • It was funded through a line item in the President’s budget in 2009, at $2.2 million dollars.   The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service supplemented that with other appropriated funds for a total project cost of $2.5 million dollars.
  • Building Architect – Shah Kawasaki Architects in Oakland, California
  • Building Construction – AMG and Associates in Santa Clarita, California
  • Exhibit Design and Fabrication – Rosene Creative Services in Jasper, Georgia
    • Mural – Larry Eifert
  • Cabinets, Counters and Mantle – David Kuznit of DK Woodworks
  • Inside the Visitor Center, in various stages of completion:
    • Interpretive Exhibits
    • A 28 seat theater featuring the Bristlecone Pine Film – Living History
    • An art gallery wall
    • A research library
    • A Bookstore operated by the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association
    • Above the fireplace mantle an original watercolor painting by Mary Ann Thomas – the winner of the Bristlecone Art competition
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