News Release

For Release:  April 4. 27, 2007                 
Contact:  David Christy, (916) 985-4474

BLM and Museum Plan Tour of Mono Basin and Owens Valley

The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History in Bakersfield and the Bureau of Land Management are sponsoring a field trip that examines the interplay of glacial and volcanic forces over the past 600,000 years in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

The field trip through Mono Basin and Owens Valley will run from April 13 through April 15.

On April 13, the program starts at Coso Junction and tours the Haiwee Power Plant (hydroelectric) and Casa Diablo Power Plant (geothermal). Friday night camping is at Honeymoon Flat campground near Bridgeport.

The April 14 tour starts at the Mono County Court House. From there, participants visit Mono Diggins, Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake Visitor’s Center, Panum Crater, and the Mono Lake Tufa Towers. The tour then goes to the U.S. Pumice mine, the Inyo Craters chain of volcanoes, Obsidian Dome and Hot Creek. The day ends at French Camp Campground near Bishop.

The tour on April 15 leaves from the French Camp campground to explore the mines along the east side of the Owens Valley including the Poleta, Montezuma, Jack Black, Greary Monster, Reward, Long John and FM Minerals (Inyo White Marble) mines. The tour we will visit sites around Owens Lake on the way to the Olancha Dunes and will end at Fossil Falls.

To register or for more information, call Gregg Wilkerson at (661) 391-6081 or the museum at (661) 324-6350.