2019 California SAF Summer Meeting, Mammoth Mountain Resort, Thursday, 15. August 2019


 California Society of
American Foresters
The Eastern Sierra:
California's Year-round Playground
Thursday, August 15th & Friday, August 16th
Mammoth Mountain, CA

2019 Summer Meeting 
The last decade has created scenes of devastation across our California forests.   The drought has weakened the natural defense systems of ecosystems and has fueled unprecedented wildfires that have led to loss of life, property, and have caused damage to the environment.  These large fires have robbed federal budgets of money set aside for recreation, fire prevention, and other important programs.  Do you know that the United States Forest Service now currently has a $5 billion deferred maintenance backlog?
What are the reasons many people travel to these lands for the first time?  If you said Recreation, you are correct.  After all the fires and dead trees, it’s time to have some fun!  Come to the Eastern Sierras where recreation opportunities are available on a year-round basis.  Learn how these forests that exist above 8000 feet have escaped many of the other problems that have plagued west-side Sierra forests.  Learn how the experts on the Inyo National Forest respond to the needs of forest fun-seekers through all four seasons.
As many of you know, the Eastern Sierra has been a key source of fresh water for Southern California for nearly 100 years.  While years of water wars have frequented the news blotter, the last 20 years, things have been changing.  Learn about new efforts to preserve the natural environment, the restoration of the Owens River and the continuing challenge that is presented by the dry lakebed at Owens Lake.  
Thursday will start off with the California SAF Executive Committee (EC) meeting.  The EC meeting be held at the Mammoth Mountain Inn.   The business meeting is open to all interested individuals.
“The Eastern Sierra: California’s Year-round Playground” meeting will officially begin on Thursday evening with a wonderful evening program, including a social hour and a buffet dinner. The evening with continue with a raffle, acknowledgments and guest speakers. 
Friday’s carpool tour will begin with a tour of the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, where fish that will provide recreation opportunities across the Sierra are reared.  Later stops will focus on Los Angeles Department of Water and Power projects and recreational opportunities in the Owens Valley, the history of the Inyo National Forest, and how Forest Service recreational specialists balance the recreational need of all the fun-seekers and adventurers who visit the area.  At the end of our tour we will return to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area for an exciting gondola ride to the top of 11,053’ Mammoth Mountain where you will be able to take in the late afternoon vista and see many significant parts of the Sierras. 
Mark your calendars now and register for the 2019 California SAF Summer Meeting at the Mammoth Mountain Inn in Mammoth Lakes, CA.  Join us to learn more about the plethora of recreational pursuits that people enjoy in the area.  When booking your reservation be sure to call 1 (800) 626-6684 and use the group code: California Society of American Foresters to get the special SAF group rate.
Come early or stay long and enjoy the many summer outdoor activities in the greater Mammoth Lakes area! Visit the historic towns of Lone Pine, Independence and Bishop.  Go a little north on US 395 to see Bodie Ghost Town or to visit picturesque Mono Lake.  Or just bring your fishing pole and find your own special spot.  For additional ideas, go to: .
 Questions? Contact Kevin Locke at ncsaf@mcn.org
CFE credits will be available from the Society of American Foresters
2019 Summer Meeting Agenda
Thursday, August 15th
Thursday – August 15th Executive Committee
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting at Mammoth Mountain Inn
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting continued
Thursday – August 15th Evening Program at Mammoth Mountain Inn
 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration and Social Hour
 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Buffet Dinner, Raffle, Acknowledgments and Friday Field Tour Update
 7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Guest Speaker – Overview – Mammoth Mountain and the Town of Mammoth Lakes
 8:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Guest Speaker – Dr. Shoana Humphries – “The Green Value Tool”
Friday, August 16th 
Friday – August 16th Field Tour & Speakers/Meeting
7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration (Breakfast is on your own at resort)
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Carpool to Fish Hatchery 
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, Manager Mike Escallier
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Travel to next stop
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Overview of Owens Valley and Water Resources, DWP representative
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Travel to Lunch Stop (TBD)
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Inyo National Forest Overview, Inyo NF personnel
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Return to Mammoth Mountain Inn
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Gondola Ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Recreational Opportunities on the Inyo National Forest/Mammoth Lakes Area, Inyo NF personnel, Sightseeing, Group Photo
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gondola Ride down to Main Lodge
4:00 p.m.   Meeting Adjourns
Mammoth Mountain Inn: 
10400 Minaret Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93543

Please call 1 (800) 626-6684 for reservations and use ID #28682 or California Society of American Foresters

Group Rates: Tuesday (8/13) to Friday (8/15) - $119 (plus $20 resort fee and taxes)
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Questions? Contact Kevin Locke at ncsaf@mcn.org

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