The Bodie Hills are located in a spectacular corner of California’s Eastern Sierra. Bodie State Historic Park, home to California’s official ghost town and one of the most popular state parks, lies in the center of the Bodie Hills. Visitors who venture beyond the state park enjoy hiking, biking, camping, botanizing, bird watching, hunting and motor touring through aspen-tinged valleys and across high plateaus with vistas of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake and the Great Basin. The Bodie Hills are home to pronghorn antelope, sage grouse and mule deer, and contain one of the highest concentrations of archaeological resources in the Great Basin.
The Bodie Hills are an American treasure and the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership wants to keep them that way. The region should be preserved in its natural state, open for tourism, outdoor recreation, ranching and wildlife. This special place is currently threatened by a bill in Congress that would release protections for the Bodie Hills, and many other areas across the American West, as well as by large-scale gold mining interests. The Bodie Hills deserve long-term protection against mining and other industrial activity that scars the land, pollutes the air and water, and limits visitor opportunities.
One of our focus areas for 2011 and beyond is seeking long-term protection for the Bodie Hills, especially in light of threats such as large-scale gold mining. Please visit www.bodiehills.org to learn more about our efforts as part of the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, and read about recent news regarding the Mono County Board of Supervisors vote to not support release of the Wilderness Study Area (learn about Bodie and other WSAs here.)