MMSA is committed to the education and support of
employees and guests to provide the knowledge and ability to comply
with this policy.
National Forest Foundation Grants
Over the past several years, MMSA partnered with the National
Forest Foundation (NFF) in a program whereby MMSA customers were
asked to donate $1 per room night or season pass purchase to local
environmental causes. One dollar at a time really adds up, as
MMSA's guests are responsible for nearly $200,000 in donations so
far; however, it adds up even more, as the NFF matches an
additional 50% of the donations, creating an environmental
multiplier of massive impact! The largest award-winning proposal
for 2009 came from The Friends of the Inyo, who were awarded
$114,000 for their proposal to work with Mammoth Lakes Trails and
Public Access Foundation (MLTPA) and the Student Conservation
Association (SCA) to start a Mammoth Community Stewardship Program.
Among other things, the Friends of the Inyo mobilized students and
volunteers to perform trail maintenance, upkeep and patrol on over
75 miles of the Inyo's well loved and heavily used trail system.
MMSA is proud to support this type of boots-on-the-ground
stewardship of our public lands.
Founding Member of MLTPA
Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) is a local group
that advocates for, initiates, facilitates, and participates in the
planning, implementation, and stewarding of a system of four-season
trails and public access for the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the
immediate Eastern Sierra. MMSA helped form MLTPA, and donated
$100,000 to MLTPA to design and obtain approval of a regional
trails plan for the greater Mammoth Lakes basin. The trails plan
outlines the existing conditions, suggests improvements, and
defines signage and way finding needs to create a user friendly
trail system for residents and guests.
Top of Sierra Interpretive Center
Located at the summit of Mammoth Mountain at 11,053 feet, the
Top of Sierra Interpretive Center is a unique resource for visitors
to learn about the natural history of Mammoth and the Eastern
Sierra. Displays and topics include: volcanic history; geology;
weather patterns; cultural heritage; views of the Eastern Sierra
landscape - the Minarets, Mono Lake, and 400 miles of peaks
averaging 12,000 feet in elevation. Admission is free with that
day's Scenic Gondola Ride ticket, Bike Park ticket or a valid
season pass. Over six years of research and planning went into the
project. Content was developed by a coalition of community members,
representatives from the US Geological Survey, US Forest Service,
Paiute Tribal Council and local environmental organizations.
Complimentary Naturalist Interpretive Tours
MMSA actively helps guests get engaged in appreciation and
concern for the environment. Tours are conducted by naturalists and
feature ninety minutes of touring and learning about the ski area's
environment. Education is advocacy!
Support of Regional Environmental Outreach and Education
MMSA remains a steadfast supporter of local and regional
environmental outreach and educational programs. MMSA is a founding
member of the High Sierra Energy Foundation, a nonprofit
corporation supported by local individuals, businesses and local
government agencies. The mission of the Foundation is to develop
energy efficiency and renewable resources in Mammoth Lakes and the
High Sierra. MMSA is also a founding member of Mammoth Lakes
Housing, and maintains a seat on the MLH Board of Directors. MLH
has pioneered the development of workforce housing in Mammoth Lakes
by constructing energy efficient, affordable homes. Having more
affordable, environmentally friendly workforce housing helps local
workers avoid living in more distant locations such as Bishop,
saving them a costly and environmentally unfriendly commute.
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