EASTERN SIERRA INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION TO SUPPORT LIMITED VISITOR SERVICES AT MAMMOTH LAKES AND EASTERN SIERRA INTERAGENCY VISITOR CENTERS
Inyo National Forest’s non-profit partner Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) will operate the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center bookstores and provide general information to the visiting public for this coming weekend and the following weekend.
“As Americans we can’t forget about the 800,000 Federal employees personally affected by the Federal government shutdown. We must also realize the communities in which those Federal employees work are experiencing tremendous financial impacts as well,” said Jeff Gabriel, executive director for ESIA. Jeff added, “When the chance for us to help our Federal agency partner during the Federal government shutdown to open the bookstores for a limited time,we were more than willing to help.”
Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association’s mission is to “educate and inspire people about Eastern Sierra public lands through high quality interpretive products, exhibits, and programs.” Executive Director Jeff Gabriel noted, “We are very appreciative of our partnership with Inyo National Forest and their support to allow us to resume weekend bookstore operations at Mammoth Lakes and Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Centers.”
During the lapse in Federal appropriations, ESIA will operate the bookstore during regular hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21 and Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27 only.All other days during the lapse in Federal appropriations, the visitor centers will revert to its current shutdown status.