Land and Resource Management Plan Revision
The Inyo National Forest is revising its 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan under the provisions of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. Check out http://www.fs.usda.gov/land/inyo/landmanagement/planning for more information about plan revision and upcoming public involvement opportunities.
Mammoth Base Area Land Exchange
Exchange of approximately 21 acres of National Forest System land, currently under special use authorization to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, located near the Main Lodge north of Highway 203 for approximately 1,500 acres of land in California.
Chispa Mine Operation
The project is a dry placer mining operation using a metal detector. The project will involve moving existing tailing piles left behind early mining activites by means of a Kubota garden tractor and disturbed areas will be reclaimed.
Shady Rest OHV/OSV Staging Area
Planning for construction of an OHV/OSV staging area in the Shady Rest area of Mammoth Lakes. This may also include the construction of a snowmobile trail to town and snowmobile parking area.
Upper Owens Unauthorized Route Restoration Project
Evaluation and restoration of routes defined as unauthorized in the 2009 Travel Management EIS, on the North Zone. It would determine type of restoration action needed on each route,if any.It could also revisit unauthorized designation in some cases.
Bishop Creek Unauthorized Route Restoration Project
This project proposes to evaluate unauthorized routes to determine future uses and additional restoration needs within the Upper Owens and Bishop Creek Watersheds. For more information, including detailed maps, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/landmanagement/project/?cid=stelprdb5407462
Black Canyon Riparian Restoration Project
Decommission one mile of existing system motorized trail and conduct watershed restoration activities in riparian/wetland section of upper Black Canyon, and maintain motorized trail in middle section of Black Canyon to prevent diversion of water.
Buttermilk Toilet Project
Construction of up to two small vault toilets adjacent to the Buttermilk area of the Bishop Creek drainage in order to protect resource values and address health and safety issues, in the face of increasing dispersed recreation in that area.
Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project
Construction of a 33-megawatt geothermal power plant and associated well field, internal access roads, pipelines, and a transmission line on National Forest System land. The Forest Service would authorize the transmission line and make changes to the forest transportation system. The Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is the lead agency for NEPA compliance and has jurisdiction to approve development of the power plant, well field, and pipelines.
Holiday Campground Entrance Road Construction
Construction of no more than a 0.75 mile of road, to replace the current Holiday Campground entrance road, which is at risk of destabilization due to run-off from the Birch Fire burn area. The current road will be decommissioned and rehabilitated.
Mono Craters Restoration Project
Evaluate and restore approximately 60 miles of routes in the Mono Craters area that were not designated as part of the Inyo National Forest Travel Management Record Of Decision (2009) and are not authorized for OHV use.
Sherwin-Scenic Loop Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
The proposed action is to use three types of treatment methods, singly or in combination, to reduce hazardous fuels such as brush and trees in the Sherwin Creek, Mammoth Creek and Mammoth Scenic Loop areas surrounding the Mammoth Lakes community.
Scenic Loop OSV/OHV Staging Areas
The purpose of this project is to improve two off highway vehicle (OHV) and over snow vehicle (OSV) staging areas in areas that have existing, user-created staging areas (just east of Highway 395, lookout loop; and at 3S22, just off the Scenic Loop).
Furnace Creek Road Analysis Environmental Assessment
In 2003, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management initiated a joint assessment of motorized vehicle access options for the Furnace Creek Road. The portion of the road on National Forest System land was designated as wilderness in 2009; Forest Service planning for this project was cancelled as a result.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Study
The study involves the capture and collaring of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep using helicopter net-guns in designated wilderness in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). In the summer of 2011, the proposed action was modified and no longer includes any proposed captures on the Inyo National Forest. For more information about the status of the proposed study in SEKI, visit the National Park Service's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/seki.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.