"We believe it is particularly important to preserve open space
in the Eastern Sierra for future generations. People come from
all over to renew themselves by hiking, fishing, or riding here."
- Stan and Jan Hunewill, ranchers
National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event and BBQ
Saturday, October 1
8:30 am - 1 pm
Meet at the Paradise Fire Station (5300 Lower Rock Creek Road)
Come together with our conservation partners to lend a hand on our public lands in honor of National Public Lands Day! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office is organizing two different volunteer projects on October 1, both of which will start and end at the Paradise Fire Station.
One project will be to plant bitterbrush seedlings in an area damaged by the 2015 Round Fire. The slope along Sherwin Grade at the base of Wheeler Crest provided important mule deer habitat prior to the burn, and planting bitterbrush will help restore native plants that the deer and other wildlife rely on to thrive.
The second project will take place on the Lower Rock Creek Trail - a popular mountain biking and hiking trail between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. Volunteers will team up to perform work on the trail and lower parking lot area. Participants will help pick up trash, pull weeds, remove brush, and perform minor trail maintenance.
We will meet at the Paradise Fire Station at 8:30am, and will split into groups by 9:00am to work on the two different projects. Shortly after 12:00pm, we will reconvene at the Paradise Fire Station to celebrate our accomplishments with a BBQ lunch.
In addition to the BLM Bishop Field Office, the following local organizations are partnering with Eastern Sierra Land Trust to make this volunteer event possible: Paradise Volunteer Fire Department, California Deer Association, Friends of the Inyo, Inyo National Forest, Sierra Eastside Mountain Bike Association, California Native Plant Society - Bristlecone Chapter, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
For more information, please contact Martin Oliver, BLM at (760) 872-5035 or Jeff Starosta, BLM at (760) 872-5034.
Wai Wera Hotel: The Legend Lives On
Dinner and Dancing Through the Decades to Celebrate the History of Benton's Wai Wera Hotel
Hosted by The Historic Benton Hot Springs
Saturday, October 15
2:00 - 9:00 pm
Celebrate the colorful history of the Wai Wera Hotel at the Historic Benton Hot Springs annual fundraiser! This local partner nonprofit works to preserve and restore the Benton Hot Springs historic, cultural, and natural properties. On October 15, the past will come alive during an enchanting afternoon and evening of oral history presentations that relive the prominence of the Wai Wera Hotel from 1906-1948. For $75 per person, guests will have the rare opportunity to tour this historic hotel, experiencing the stories and drama of the people who stayed there during its heyday. Then we'll enjoy dinner and dancing under the stars to music from the 20th Century's early decades.
To learn more and purchase your tickets, please visit The Historic Benton Hot Springs Website >>
Please check back soon for more information about other upcoming events and volunteer opportunities in 2016.