New Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center (Press Release)
A Little History
- Replacing the old “Silver Bullet” visitor, a log cabin visitor center was opened to the public in 1996. It was destroyed by arson fire on September 4, 2008.
- The new visitor center is opening to the public with a Grand Opening Celebration on September 1, 2012.
A Few Facts
- The new 2,550 square feet Visitor Center is fully solar-powered and is LEED certified.
- It was funded through a line item in the President’s budget in 2009, at $2.2 million dollars. The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service supplemented that with other appropriated funds for a total project cost of $2.5 million dollars.
- Building Architect – Shah Kawasaki Architects in Oakland, California
- Building Construction – AMG and Associates in Santa Clarita, California
- Exhibit Design and Fabrication – Rosene Creative Services in Jasper, Georgia
- Mural – Larry Eifert
- Cabinets, Counters and Mantle – David Kuznit of DK Woodworks
- Inside the Visitor Center, in various stages of completion:
- Interpretive Exhibits
- A 28 seat theater featuring the Bristlecone Pine Film – Living History
- An art gallery wall
- A research library
- A Bookstore operated by the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association
- Above the fireplace mantle an original watercolor painting by Mary Ann Thomas – the winner of the Bristlecone Art competition