America’s Wild Places Under Attack in Mono County 


Tell the Mono County supervisors to oppose opening the Bodie Hills to gold mining and other development, and to oppose H.R. 1581, which threatens wild lands across the nation.

What: On August 2, the Mono County Supervisors will consider a resolution to release the Bodie Wilderness Study Area, opening this pristine area to future development, including a proposed gold mine. The resolution would also endorse legislation that would eliminate existing protections for tens of millions of acres of American wildlands—including more than four million acres in California.

Why the Bodie Hills: The spectacular Bodie Hills are the scenic backdrop for local communities and national treasures, including Bodie State Park, the Mono Lake National Scenic Area and the Bridgeport Valley.  

The very heart of the Bodie Hills faces imminent threats from large-scale gold mining interests if protections are lifted. Visitor access would be limited, and important habitat for sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and mule deer would be fragmented.

Allowing places like the Bodie Hills to be opened up for development such as boom-and-bust gold mining is short-sighted and unwise. Tourism and industrial land use just don’t mix.

What to do: Urge the supervisors to oppose opening the Bodie Hills and other lands in Mono County and around the nation to development and instead vote to protect Mono County’s and America’s real treasures:  its natural areas, beauty, wildlife, clean air, clean water, and outdoor recreation opportunities for future generations.



Email or FAX your letter to:

Mono County Board of Supervisors 

P.O. Box 715, Bridgeport, CA  93517     FAX:  (760) 932-5531



When: Tuesday, August 2

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August 2, 2011 Board of Supervisors Meeting

Time: The Bodie item will happen at approx. 2:30 p.m.


Where: Board of Supervisor chambers in the courthouse in Bridgeport, or via video conference in Mammoth (Mono County Offices, Board Meeting Room, Sierra Center/Shogun Mall, Third Floor). Meeting could go until 4:30 or 5 p.m.


Carpool info for Bridgeport:
Bishop—Meet at the Friends of the Inyo office (819 N. Barlow) at 12 p.m. Call 760-873-6500 for information.
Mammoth—Meet at the Union Bank/Vons parking lot at 1 p.m. Call Lesley at (818) 424-5552.

June Lake—Meet at the junction near the tourist kiosk at 1:15.
Lee Vining—Meet at the Community Center at 1:30 p.m. Call Drew at (805) 405-7577.


We need people to attend the meeting and to testify—both are important. For talking points, please email


Visit for more information, call Drew Foster in Lee Vining at (805) 405-7577(c), Lesley Bruns in Mammoth at (818) 424- 5552 or email or