Input sought on Shady Rest Fat Bike Grooming project

Press release

The Inyo National Forest is seeking input for the proposed Shady Rest Fat Bike Grooming project.

Fat Bikes are non-motorized bicycles that have a tire tread width of at least 3.7 inches and are propelled by human effort. The proposed action would add six miles of groomed trail and temporarily allow fat bikes on the trail system in Shady Rest Campground; which is currently groomed by the Town of Mammoth Lakes for cross country skiers, walkers, and snowshoers.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is proposing an additional groomed trail (without Nordic tracks) that will follow the blue diamond trail west of Sawmill Cutoff and extend to the existing road network to the northwest of Shady Rest Park. The proposed trail system will include four loop opportunities at the end of the Blue Diamond trail.

This effort will add approximately six additional miles to Shady Rest for fat biking and non-motorized opportunities. Please see the attached scoping letter for more detail.

Comments will be most useful by March 31, 2017. For questions or comments, please contact Molly Burns at mollyburns@fs.fed.us.

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The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

 

 

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