Inyo National Forest - Eastern Sierra

Inyo National Forest
is a federally protected forest in the United States. It is mostly located in California 1,839,887 acres (7,445.76 km2), but has a small section in western Nevada of 60,656 acres (245.47 km2). It stretches from the eastern side of Yosemite to south of Sequoia National Park. Geographically it is split in two, with each part roughly serving as a border of Owens Valley, the Mammoth Lakes region and the Mono Lake region. A majority of the forest is federally protected wilderness. The John Muir Wilderness is a part of the Inyo National Forest and abuts Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park along the crest of the Sierra. Together, the wilderness and parks form one continuous area of protected wilderness of more than 1.5 million acres (6,100 km2). The northern part of the Inyo National Forest is preserved as a part of the Ansel Adams Wilderness area, which borders Yosemite National Park. The Inyo National Forest was named after Inyo County, California, in which much of the Forest resides. It is located in parts of Inyo, Mono, Tulare, and Madera counties in California, and Esmeralda and Mineral counties in Nevada. Forest headquarters are located in Bishop, California. There are local ranger district offices in Bishop, Lee Vining, Lone Pine, and Mammoth Lakes. The forest was established on May 25, 1907. On July 1, 1945 land from the former Mono National Forest was added.

The Forest also harbors an estimated 238,000 acres (96,000 ha) of old-growth forests. The most abundant trees in these forests are Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) and Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi), but these are not the most fascinating. Somewhere on its high-elevation slopes and ridges, at an undisclosed location, is "Methuselah", a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) that is the oldest non-clonal living tree on earth, over 4,839 years old.



 

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