COVID-19 Updates

Acting Forest Supervisor Selected

The Inyo National Forest has selected John F. “Pancho” Smith as the Acting Forest Supervisor. Pancho comes to the Inyo from the Los Padres National Forest where he is the District Ranger for the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts.

Pancho will be here for the next four months. The Forest Supervisor position on the Inyo National Forest is currently being advertised and will be filled permanently within the next several months.

“I am thrilled to be here in Bishop, working with the great employees of the Inyo National Forest and the communities within and adjacent to the forest.” Pancho said. “Please reach out to me at any time and I will try to answer your questions or get your pointed in the right direction”.

COVID-19 Update

There is good news regarding the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) that many of you may have obtained loans to help cover your payroll…  The PPP Flexibility Act was just passed this week that extends the period the loan covers. (Click here for a good summary)

Links regarding available SBA emergency loans in light of the corona virus impacts. and

National Parks and National Forests:

Oregon State Parks

Multnomah Falls:

North Carolina:

New Mexico:,62947

National forests in Arizona:

Shawnee National Forest:

Bridger-Teton National Forest:

20200325 Forest Open Social Distancing News Release.pdf

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks: (Closure information and updates to those with Commercial authorizations)

Tahoe ski resorts reach gondola deal with conservationists

Conservationists at Lake Tahoe have agreed to drop a lawsuit challenging plans to build a 2.2-mile (3.5-kilometer) gondola connecting two ski resorts in exchange for neighboring land purchases and other wildlife protection measures.

The resorts, including one that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, and a wilderness protection group finalized the agreement this past week as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s final approval of the gondola that will skirt federally protected wilderness that is home to an endangered frog.

As part of the settlement with the Granite Chief Wilderness Protection League, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows agreed to permanently protect 27 acres (11 hectares) of habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and contribute about $500,000 over the next decade toward land purchases and other protection efforts.

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