U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 297
Celebrating the donation of Cedar Hill
Across the still, blue waters of Mono Lake, where the tufa towers stands sentinel, Cedar Hill lies shrouded in the mist, like some mysterious landscape from Middle Earth.
Or so it appeared Saturday, as the profile of Cedar Hill appeared and then faded in the shifting smoke from forest fires. But the group gathered at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining, to celebrate the donation of Cedar Hill to the Bureau of Land Management knew Cedar Hill was there -- and knew its importance to the Mono Lake Area. (text continues below photographs)
The backdrop is the star of the show, as BLM Bishop Field Office Manager Bill Dunkelberger addresses the group
Geoff McQuilkin from the Mono Lake Committee said it is "important to protect the values there," noting a Wall Street Journal article said Cedar Hill would be "ideal for slicing into golf courses and housing communities."
BLM Bishop Field Manager Bill Dunkelberger thanked the numerous organizations that had been involved in the donation – the Wilderness Land Trust, the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, the Resources Legacy Foundation, the Forest Service and the Mono Lake Committee – and previous Cedar Hill owner Mel Arthur.
The BLM's Dunkelberger presents a plaque to David Kirk and Reid Haughey from the Wilderness Land Trust
Cedar Hill includes nearly 4,000 acres in Mono County. Portions of these new public lands may be accessed from State Highway 167 via existing, primitive roads and on foot or horseback.
"Cedar Hill is an integral part of a unique mountain range that contains important sagebrush steppe, riparian, and meadow habitats, supporting sage grouse, mule deer, pronghorn, waterfowl and other wildlife; and it is a critical part of the visual backdrop to the Mono Basin scenic area" Dunkelberger said. The entire area contains other high quality resources, including nationally significant historic and prehistoric cultural resources, and opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation opportunities.
BLM’s management theme for the area, which now includes Cedar Hill, prescribes protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat and scenic values and providing opportunities for dispersed recreation.
BLM employees Karen Montgomery and Larry Primosch receive congratulations from the BLM Bishop Field Office Manager
David Kirk of the Wilderness Land Trust cuts the cake
- Dave Christy, 9/07
BLM California News.bytes, issue 298
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