Bub Crawl

Thursday

SnowBall

6pm-10pm

Short Desc

 

Friday

Beers and Bike Rally

6pm

Short Desc

Film Festival Premiere

7pm-10pm

Short Desc

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Southern Sierra Planning

Protecting the Backcounty

Together, the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests cover nearly 4.6 million acres of public land in the Southern Sierra, including Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, the Kern River, the Needles climbing area, the Buttermilks, and some of the wildest, most dramatic sections of the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail. These three forests offer some of the best alpine climbing, bouldering, backcountry skiing, whitewater boating, mountain biking, trail running, and backpacking in the world, all within a short drive of the largest and fastest-growing population centers in the West.

The Forest Service is currently in the final stages of planning for how it will manage these areas and activities for the next 20-30 years. At stake are things like recreation access, infrastructure development and maintenance, trails, scenic viewsheds, permitting for guides, outfitters and educational groups, wilderness designations, and the possibility of new scenarios for stewardship and forest partnerships.

Furthermore, as “early-adopters” in this new planning process, these forests will set the tone and framework for upcoming planning on other forests in California and across the country. Winter Wildlands Alliance is working on these forest plans with local partners Friends of the Inyo, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA), the Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative and others, as well as our national coalition partners at Outdoor Alliance.

The Forest Service published draft plans for the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia in May 2016.  We worked throughout the summer of 2016 to help skiers and other outdoor recreationists comment on the plans – providing input on how they could be improved to better address quiet recreation, protect forest resources, and ensure that these forests remain spectacular for generations to come.

 

Public Informational Meeting, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes

Draft Plan Documents

 

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Submit your Human-Powered Winter Films to Us

Do you have a film that embodies the joy of being in the Backcountry? Does it take place in Winter?  Are you using human power in your adventure?

What are we looking for in a film?  We like winter faceshots and epic skiing but we also want to be inspired and share a good story.  Tell us who you are and why you are out in the backcountry. We also like stories of conservation and environmental issues that impact winter recreation.

Your film should be no longer than 25 minutes

Submitting is FREE and the deadline is Sept 15th

Contact Keili Bell for more info kbell@winterwildlands.org

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2015 Grassroots Conference

 

Photo courtesy of Jay Beyer Imaging

2015 GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY CONFERENCE

June 18-20 2015: American Mountaineering Center, Golden, Colorado

Our sixth Grassroots Advocacy Conference took place June 18-20, 2015 in Golden, CO.  This conference was an opportunity for individuals and organizations who care about winter recreation to gather to hear the latest on policy issues, network, share successes, and meet with land managers.

Our keynote speaker, Donny Roth, kicked off the conference on the evening of June 18. Donny is a Winter Wildlands Alliance ambassador, ski guide, sponsored athlete and free range skier who focuses on, and advocates for, human powered skiing. Additional presentations and seminars will range from effectively utilizing the new Over Snow Vehicle Rule to protect winter backcountry areas, to using maps as advocacy tools, to defining a set of ethics for the winter backcountry community.

To view a detailed conference agenda please click here
Notes

Notes from day 1 (Friday)

Notes from day 2 (Saturday)

Handouts and Materials

Winter Recreation Report,  2015

Best Management Practices for Forest Service Travel Planning, April 2015

Minimization Criteria Fact Sheet

Vail Pass Task Force Framework for Development

Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area Management Plan History

Vermont Backcountry Ethics – long version

Vermont Backcountry Ethics – short version

Conference Cosponsors  
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Black Diamond
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2015 Grassroots Advocacy Conference

Please join us June 18-20 in Golden CO for our sixth Grassroots Advocacy Conference.  This conference is an opportunity for individuals and organizations who care about winter recreation to gather to hear the latest on policy issues, network, share successes, and meet with land managers. It is open to Winter Wildlands Alliance members, our partners, and others who are passionate about protecting winter wildlands and human-powered recreation.

Our keynote speaker, Donny Roth, will kick things off on the evening of June 18. Donny is a Winter Wildlands Alliance ambassador, ski guide, sponsored athlete and free range skier who focuses on, and advocates for, human powered skiing. Additional presentations and seminars will range from effectively utilizing the new Over Snow Vehicle Rule to protect winter backcountry areas, to using maps as advocacy tools, to defining a set of ethics for the winter backcountry community.

To find out  more and register for the conference please visit our Grassroots Conference webpage.