Tuesday
Jul082014

Slate of Free Public Outings Planned for Bodie Hills this Summer & Fall

Volunteers are also sought for stewardship projects in Aug & Sept

Bridgeport, CA, July 8, 2014:  The Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership is planning to lead a series of public outings and stewardship projects this summer and fall on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Bodie Hills. The outings vary in length and difficulty and are free and open to the public. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

The summer series will kick off on July 12 with an outing to the Dry Lakes Plateau led by BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock.  There, participants will explore the unique sagebrush ecosystem and dry lakes beneath Beauty Peak, and learn about the rich cultural history of the area. Specifically, the use of this area during episodes of mid-Holocene drought will be discussed. The distribution of obsidian from both the Bodies Hills and Mt. Hicks will be detailed. The outing will include visits to several prehistoric sites in addition to two historic sites that detail the use of the area by Basque sheepherders. Registration is required and space is limited. The outing will involve 2-3 miles of walking. Four wheel drive vehicles are required to access this area. For more information or to register please contact Jeff Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866.

Additional outings planned for 2014 are as follows;

•     Saturday July 19:  4~ mile hike in Monoville (Rattlesnake Gulch). Rated: Moderately Strenuous.

•     Sunday Aug 10:  Bodie Mountain & Potato Peak Hike with optional summit of Potato Peak. Rated: Very Strenuous

•     Saturday Aug 30:   8~ mile Dry Lakes Plateau hike (cross country – no trail) with optional Beauty Peak summit. Rated: Very Strenuous

•     Saturday Sept 13: Obsidian Quarry tour with BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock. Rated Easy.

•     Saturday October 25:  4-mile hike to summit of Mt. Biederman. Rated: Moderately Strenuous.

 

In addition to the above listed outings, volunteers are also sought for two stewardship projects planned for August 16 and September 27.

•    Sat/Sun Aug 16-17:   Stewardship project involving fence work, with optional overnight camp and hike on Sunday morning.

•    Sat Sept 27:  National Public Lands Day stewardship project. Project yet to be determined, but it will be fun!

According to Jeff Hunter of the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, “We’re looking for volunteers to assist with projects that will enhance wildlife habitat and the visitor experience in the Bodie Hills. Volunteering is a great way to discover the Bodie Hills and leave a positive, lasting impact on this treasured landscape.” The August 16 project is being held in partnership with Friends of the Inyo and the BLM and will involve converting a barb wire fence to a wildlife friendly “let-down” fence. Some additional fence work is also planned during the day. An optional overnight campout will be held after the August 16 project, followed by a hike the following morning.

The September 27 project will be held on National Public Lands Day.  The scope of that project is still being identified at press time.

For more info about joining these outings and volunteer projects, please contact Jeff Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866, or visit BodieHills.org.

 

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Saturday
Aug062011

Mono County Supervisors Take No Action

Conservation has prevailed once more in Bridgeport! On August 2nd, 2011, the Mono Board decided not to support a resolution for Bodie Wilderness Study Area Release nor an endorsement for H.R. 1581. Thousands of letters and petition signatures over the last year have sent a strong message to the Board stating that the Bodie Hills are a special place worthy of protection, and inappropriate for industrial land use and development.

The threat of mining is still imminent in the Bodie Hills, however; a broader discussion involving all the stakeholders of the region is still needed to developed a shared vision for the Bodie Hills. You can still send a message, advocating for preservation, to the elected officials of Mono County and Congress here.

Wednesday
May182011

"Wilderness Elimination Act" Threatens our National Heritage

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has introduced legislation that would roll back existing protections for tens of millions of acres of unprotected wilderness-quality public lands and National Forests across America, including areas in the Bodie Hills. If passed, this legislation would open up some of our nation's most fragile natural landscapes to oil and gas development, road construction, uncontrolled off-road vehicle use, and other unchecked development.

H.R. 1581, the "Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act," would undermine decades of land protection in one fell swoop. The legislation would be more aptly named the "Great Outdoors Giveaway" because, if it is signed into law, tens of millions of acres of America's wild public lands will be open for industrial development. This includes the three Wilderness Study Areas in the Bodie Hills, which contain some of the largest concentrations of natural and cultural resources in the Great Basin.

The legislation would:

 

  • Roll back protections for nearly 60 million acres of unroaded National Forests
  • Strip existing protections for every BLM Wilderness Study Area and Forest Service Inventoried Roadless Area
  • Undermine the National Forest Management Act and Federal and Land Policy and Management Act to manage lands for multiple use
  • Undermine Congressional Authority

 

The bill has huge implications for the open lands in the Western U.S., including the Bodie Hills. Currently, there are many ways to recreate in and around Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRA) including: camping, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, 4-wheeling, hunting, fishing. This bill threatens access and opportunities for recreation, as it would release these natural areas from protection, opening them up to large-scale industry, changing the landscape forever, as well as any opportunities for land managers from even considering protection the wilderness qualities of federal lands.

The Forest Service and BLM, along with the public, play a vital roe in highlighting places that have wilderness values and protecting them temporarily for ongoing enjoyment and potentially permanent protection. The "Wilderness Elimination Act" would take this role away.

Learn more here, or look up your elected officials and send them a letter urging them to oppose H.R. 1581, the "Wilderness Elimination Act".

Keep track of the status of the bill in Congress here.

Thursday
Oct072010

WSA Threat is heightened!

In September, Congressman Buck McKeon introduced legislation to release the Bodie Wilderness Study Area. This unexpected legislation caught Mono County's local leaders off guard--they voted to take no action on a resolution to support H.R. 6129, the (misleadingly named) "Mono County Economic Development Act."

Tell McKeon and other Congressional lawmakers that you oppose this bill and that you support protecting the Bodie Hills.

Thursday
Oct072010

National Monument?

The Bodie Hills were included in a list of potential National Monuments "leaked" from the Dept. of the Interior to Fox News last spring. The result of the leak was some great media coverage for this little-known place!

In August the Los Angeles Times published a travel story about the Bodie Hills and other potential monuments, including this video.

 

Sunset.com also featured a story on the Bodie Hills and the monument list.

 

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