January 2016 Newsletter

2015 Year in Review


  • Finished Rawson II Pond with handicap fishing platforms, bridge to island. Thanks to the Bishop Lions Club.

  • AAPL members continue maintaining the Guzzlers in the Inyo Mountains. For those that would like to help contact Doug Brown at 760-937-7963.
  • Warm water fishing maps are finished and are available at the Bishop Chamber building and are also will be distributed at the Fred Harvey Show.


  • January 22nd, Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved Adventure Trails for 7 routes.
  • July 14th a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held in front of the Inyo County Courthouse with a field trip ride up Mazourka Canyon.
  • August 3 of the 7 routes were completed with the remaining 4 routes waiting for DWP approval.

In November we lost our Commander and Chief Mr.Dick Noles to cancer. As you know that Dick was very instrumental in both of the non-profits organizations. He will be dearly missed. We have to move on and keep Dick’s dream alive. We have a lot of work ahead of us. In December we elected new board members for both organizations. The Board Members are:


President………. Sam Dean: 760-387-2193

Vice President…. Randy Gillespie: 760-920-1701

Secretary……….. Linda Arcularius: 760-937-2486


Adventure Trails

President………. Randy Gillespie: 760-920-1701

Vice President…. Sam Dean: 760-387-2193

Secretary……….. Linda Arcularius: 760-937-2486


Projects for 2016


Sanders Pond tulies is to get burned by DWP this January. Community volunteers will dig out the pond to remove the tulies and muck. The Lions club will be building a Handicap Fishing platform and we will be installing the first of the Wounded Warriors Kayak Launch Ramp/Dock.

  • AAPL members will continue with meetings for approximately 30 future Wounded Warriors Kayak Launch Ramps/Docks in Inyo and Mono Counties.
  • Members of AAPL will be installing a Memorial at the Bishop City Park in memory of Dick Noles. This memorial will be a water feature at the parks pond. We will contact all members for the dedication ceremony.


Poleta Grant:

Members will be working on a project funded by the State OHV Division in the Poleta open area at the end of East Line St. The project consist of adding gravel the parking area; putting in a potable toilet; doing some much needed maintenance to the trail system; fixing signage and reproducing more maps.

Cowboy Kiosk Grant:

Members will be placing 30 more Cowboy Kiosks from south of Big Pine to Lone Pine. These confidence markers are place on County Roads to help the public navigate the area off road and will correlate with the CTUC maps. The State OHV Division also funds this grant.

The Poleta project will be manage by Greg Weirick (760-937-4849)

The Cowboy Kiosk project will be manage by Glenn Clark (760-258-6888)

Anyone wishing to help us on any of these projects please contact the project manager or either Sam Dean or Randy Gillespie.

Please renew your memberships!

ATS Membership Dues Form

AAPL Membership Dues Form

AAPL is a 501c4 non-profit organization. ATS is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Posted on March 8, 2016 .

The Eastern Sierra Adventure Trails is Now Open!

Great turn-out at the ribbon cutting ceremony on the steps of the historic Inyo County Courthouse to commemorate the official opening of Inyo County’s first combined-use route in Independence.

The ribbon cutting marked a thorough and collaborative effort to bring dual use to designated routes in Inyo County pursuant to Assembly Bill 628 (Adventure Trail Program). The Adventure Trail Program was designed specifically for Inyo County, as a pilot program, with the intent of linking services and lodging to existing off-highway motor trails on federal land. The Independence route start point is located at the Independence Inn on East Park Street; the end point is located up Mazourka Canyon Road toward the Betty Jumbo Mine.

Following the ribbon cutting, interested members of the public were invited on an ATV ride-along on the newly designated Independence route. In addition to members of the public, the event was attended by former California Assembly person Connie Conway (who introduced the bill in 2011). Also attending was a representative for Congressman Paul Cook (Dakota Higgins), former Inyo County Supervisor Linda Arcularius, all five current Inyo County Board members, California State OHV Division representatives, Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze, CHP Captain and Bishop Area Commander Tim Noyes, County Administration, members from Advocates for Access to Public Lands (AAPL), and many more.

Disclosure: for more information on what routes have been completed to ride on.... Visit inyocounty.us click on adventure trails now open link.

Posted on July 31, 2015 .


On December 30, 2014, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors will be accepting public comment and voting on the final environmental document that will determine the future of Adventure Trails. The public meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Independence. The opposition to Adventure Trails is pulling out all the stops to convince the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to vote no and terminate the ATV Adventure Trails program.

Posted on December 9, 2014 .


We need attendance at this special Board meeting to bury our opposition.
The Eastern Sierra ATV Adventure Trails system for Inyo County will have a positive impact on our economy and provide a safe and well managed ATV trail system for local residents and visitors alike.  Your willingness to take the time and effort to join us in Independence on Dec. 30th and help launch a new ATV trail system for Inyo County will make all the  difference.

Dick Noles, President
Eastern Sierra ATV Adventure Trails

Posted on December 9, 2014 .

Dick Noles - Grand Marshall

11/30/11 - AAPL president, Dick Noles, has been asked to be the Grand Marshall for the Bishop Christmas Parade, to be held on Saturday, December 3, at 10:00 a.m.  Member's of Inyo County Supervisors and the City of Bishop officials have been invited to ride in Christmas decorated Rhinos.  AAPL was invited  as a means to acknowledge the economic and recreational value  the new Eastern Sierra ATV Adventure Trails will have on our communities.

Posted on December 8, 2011 .