Current AAPL Projects
AAPL is currently working on updating our Projects page. Please be patient while we gather current information.
The cleaning and rehab work for the Buckley Ponds warm water fishing and waterfowl habitat is on schedule. This is a four year project and the first pond has been drained. Heavy equipment work is scheduled for December, 2011. AAPL will be contacting private heavy equipment owners when a date has been set to move earth. DWP is scheduling a meeting this month to get all involved parties together for input.
U.S. Representative and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has joined with National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Western Caucus Chairman Steve Pearce (R-NM) to create legislation to ensure greater access to public lands for all Americans. The very important draft bill would release all Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) and Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) that have been recommended or evaluated as not suitable for wilderness by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the U.S. Forest Service from restrictive management practices and directs that they be managed for multiple use, including recreation.
Lower Rush Creek, Mono County
We are still pursuing a fishing regulation change on Rush Creek. We are asking for a change from present catch and release regulations on the entire stream to a 2 trout bait fishing harvest from the Highway 395 bridge crossing down stream to Mono Lake. Trout fishing catch and release activity along this section of stream is basically non existent. Fast water flow and heavy brush have discouraged catch and release fishing. We are asking for a regulation change to the use of bait with a 2 trout harvest. The next fishing regulation change is August 2012 so we are trying to get our request in early.
Disabled Vet Project
We were asked by a disabled Vietnam veteran to help him with a serious health problem. His present physical condition prevents him from doing regular exercise but he can do water aerobics. He asked if we could find him an old stock tank that could be filled with water that he could use for exercise. AAPL went to the citizens of Inyo County and raised $900.00. We purchased a new water tank that was modified to fit his needs. The extra material was donated and on Monday, July 11, a small group of Bishop and Lone Pine volunteers installed his water aerobics tank. This veteran lives in lone Pine and has a contractor friend who will build a safe ladder for him to enter and exit the tank.