Opening lines of communication

  To help keep locals informed about environmental issues on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in California, a lone activist has spun an electronic web. The Eastern Sierra Agenda Network was founded by Elizabeth Tenney, a member of Preserving the Eastern Sierra Tradition of Environmental Responsibility (PESTER for short). This list-serve, a free electronic service that delivers news to its subscribers via e-mail, keeps the community abreast of issues, including the Royal Gold potential heap-leach gold mine in an earthquake-prone area and conflicts between motorized and non-motorized recreation near the town of Mammoth Lakes. "We are trying to preserve what we have here," says Tenney. "Whether we're protecting that from trophy homes, a recreational trapeze or a gold mine, it doesn't matter. It all has to do with preserving our quality of life." Subscribers have jumped from an original 42 to more than 220, and Tenney has begun to enlist the help of others to sift through piles of meeting agendas and press releases.

To find out more or to subscribe, contact Elizabeth Tenney at P.O. Box 2428, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (760/924-8475) [email protected]

* Juniper Davis

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