6 Organizations Caring for the Sierra (& How to Donate)
Mammoth Lakes is a four-square-mile town surrounded by millions of acres of public lands. The great thing about public lands is that they are (mostly) free or very inexpensive places to recreate. But taking care of these places and preserving them for future generations? Well, that part isn’t free.
Luckily there are a number of local organizations that are putting in the leg work and financial support to take care of the places we love. And you can help by supporting these organizations with whatever you are able to give.
Support Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation
From trail maintenance and stewardship to planning for the future of the trail system in Mammoth Lakes, the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA) cares the trails in areas such as the Mammoth Lakes Basin, the Sherwins and the paved paths throughout the town. You can support the work of MLTPA by donating to the organization online.
Mammoth Lakes Recreation
Mammoth Lakes Recreation (MLR) champions recreation and culture opportunities, with a focus on sustainable recreation. A donation to MLR helps to fund sustainable recreation infrastructure projects in Mammoth Lakes. MLR also offers an Adopt-a-Trail program, where organizations or groups can sponsor a specific trail in Mammoth Lakes.
Support Mammoth Lakes & More of the Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) works to educate and inspire people about the Eastern Sierra public lands through interpretive touchpoints, such as the welcome center in Mammoth Lakes, maps guidebooks and other products, exhibits and interpretive programs. You can support ESIA by becoming a donor or member of the organization or by purchasing products through its online store or in welcome centers around the Eastern Sierra.
Friends of the Inyo
Friends of the Inyo cares for public lands throughout the Eastern Sierra, from the forests to the desert. A donation to Friends of the Inyo supports regional policy work (think: taking a stand against mining claims in areas you love to recreate in) as well as trail work and educational programs.
Support Areas Just Outside of Mammoth Lakes
Mono Lake Committee
For more than four decades, the Mono Lake Committee has worked to protect and restore the unique ecosystems of Mono Lake. Support the work of the Mono Lake Committee by donating and becoming a member.
Yosemite National Park is a popular stop among visitors to Mammoth Lakes in the summer months. The Yosemite Conservancy helps to care for the park and provide educational programs you may have enjoyed during your visit. You can support the Yosemite Conservancy by donating online or by making a purchase online or in one of the conservancy book stores.
Your first step toward more sustainable recreation can be as simple as reading and signing the Mammoth Lakes Promise to commit to keeping Mammoth Lakes beautiful.