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Protect. Preserve. Participate. Perpetuate.

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (left) and nature preservationist John Muir. Yosemite National Park.

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (left) and nature preservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. In the background: Upper and lower Yosemite Falls.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” ~ John Muir, 1901.

Do you know that spending time in nature improves your overall health? We all know that being in nature makes us feel good, but does it actually make us better? Numerous studies show that the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Each time we visit a natural environment we benefit as individuals. We have fun. We learn. We relax and de-stress. We get exercise. We get solitude and we can make positive social connections. And … study after study is showing that contact with nature actually improves our physical and mental health. Read more about some of the research here.

It’s proven. Nature is flat out good medicine!

We have a wonderful, wild, big backyard here in the Eastern Sierra and we’re committed to caring for it. Please join us! Be part of protecting and preserving our public lands.

Honestly, it’s easy! There are many fun and practical ways to get out into nature and use good habits that will protect and preserve our natural world. Let’s all participate together in learning, doing, and sharing good behaviors.

Our public lands are a great benefit to us all and together we can;

  • Protect our public lands like those who came before us,
  • Preserve our public lands for those who will come after us,
  • Participate in taking good care of our public lands for all of us to enjoy right now, and
  • Perpetuate the benefits by taking the pledge.

Take the Pledge

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and young boy. Bishop. CA

A young one among the old ones – Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Photo: @drbrookejune

We invite you to take Bishop’s Big Backyard Pledge here!

Pledge to learn and follow the 5 habits of good outdoor conduct, so that Bishop’s Big Backyard is protected, preserved, and conserved for us all – now and always.

1. Camp in designated campgrounds.

2. Practice good outdoor etiquette.

  • Leave No Trace.
  • Tread lightly and stay on trails.
  • Pack it in and pack it out.
  • Do not feed wild animals.
  • Take pictures not things.
  • Commit to the Climbers Pact.

3. Teach children and others the value of nature and our protected lands.

4. Give Back.

  • Participate in events.
  • Donate (time, money, skills, products, services.)
  • Pay it forward.

5. Use technology wisely.

  • Tag responsibly.

Then share your love with #loveBishop and #loveEasternSierra

Read more about each of these 5 habits of good outdoor conduct here.

Who Benefits?

Fishing in the High Sierra. Bishop. CA

Fishing in the High Sierra. Photo: Gigi de Jong

Everyone. Everywhere. Every time.

Whenever we visit and wherever we go there are some easy, practical steps to take to ensure we have an excellent experience and leave behind no trace. If we all share this simple responsibility, we could guarantee that each and every person could have a great experience, AND we would be protecting and preserving our public lands for the future.

Now that’s really great news. We can each feel better and perhaps get better. But how could one person’s individual contact with nature benefit others?

First, just by making us feel better, we might perform better. We might go back to families, friends, and jobs and participate in those socioeconomic settings in a more meaningful way.

Second, if we engage respectfully in nature with others – our family, friends, or colleagues – we learn good behaviors and we pass these on to others.

Third, and the one which we feel is most important within this context, our active and considerate participation in the natural world helps to sustain the availability of these accessible resources. By taking care of how we interact with nature we are helping to take care of it. Visiting parks, outdoor recreation facilities, public lands, and publicly accessible lands in a courteous and considerate manner we support the landowners, land managers, and local communities that facilitate continued access to these properties.

In simple terms, if we:

  • experience,
  • learn,
  • teach, and
  • practice good sustainable habits in the outdoors, and
  • share this caring message with others,

who in turn do the same, then together we can:

  • keep our lands public and accessible,
  • protect fauna, flora, and natural resources – especially threatened and endangered species, and
  • create sustainable natural landscapes for everyone to enjoy for the future – near and far.

Let’s do good, be good, and feel good.

Protect. Preserve. Participate. Perpetuate.

We’ve created an extensive resource page with tons of information. Learn about the history of our public lands, what science is finding out about the healing effects of nature, who benefits and how we can participate, get tons of links and things, learn about the 5 habits of good outdoor conduct, and take the pledge.

Then … Share the love.

#loveBishop #loveEasternSierra

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4 days ago

❤️Today, we wish you warmth and love wherever you are! ❤️
(Oh, and thoughts of fun and relaxation in the Eastern Sierra!!)
Great photo @sawna
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❤️Today, we wish you warmth and love wherever you are! ❤️
(Oh, and thoughts of fun and relaxation in the Eastern Sierra!!)
Great photo @sawna 
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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There is no way its that warm yet in Bishop. I Live in Sonoma County and its too cold here for a sleeveless shirt or shorts.

Beautiful, so beautiful 😊😊❤❤

How gorgeous!

I love Bishop been going there ever since I was 10 years old now 61

Oh how I miss this Chris Schock

Minerets. Ice burg lake.

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5 days ago

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...and just yesterday I came across a box of old Bishop Mule Day pins that had belonged to my Grandmother Ina Piper. Some from the early 50s. I Love Bishop.

Mahogany smoked meats for some jerky!! 🤤

That’s a big Amen! All of the above! Except someone would be out of their mind to jump into a lake.

Don't forget the Bakery !!!! We took home so much ,,,it was wonderful .

Laws Museum. Pull off on any side road in the Valley and walk. Look at the mountains. Breathe. Listen to the quiet.

Lunch & a Margarita @ LaCocina in Bishop !! & dont forget a stop @ Rossis in Big Pine on way up 395 or on your way home !! Stop you wont want to miss but check their days & hours open as they vary !! Mikes getting independent in his young age !! Did i say young ? meant well preserved !! Al the Sierras are a fun stop ENJOY your stay !!!

Visit the Bakery, hike to Blue Lake, and eat some delicious soup at the bowling alley before you play a bowl a game or two.

Get a chocolate dipped cone at the frosty chalet in big pine!

Awwwwww! Just replace the noun with any other small California city!

Visit Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site! Bonus, on Wednesdays and Thursdays volunteers in the mining display put on a great show.

The entire trip was breath-taking and beautiful! We loved the snow, and I can't wait to experience the other seasons in this gorgeous place! My brother Adrian's spirit was guiding us throughout the entire trip! 💜💛➕

Mahogany’s meats!!! The jerky ! Omg soooo good!

On our way in June : Fish for the lunker in Concuct Camp out at Silver Lake Hike up Yost Creek Check out the Mighty Bristlecone😎👍

Maybe missing, while visiting the Eastern Sierra, please dispose of all your litter responsibly.

Have a beer in Rusty’s saloon and a burger at the barn.

Be a great human and pick up someone’s trash while fishing the Owens River

God willing We will be fishing in Rock creek this July

Visit my brother who works for the Forest Service. One of those great guys who tries to keep everything up and running for the masses 😍

In other words, kinda like I do several times every year.

My kids and I always cleaned up when we went fishing there. People have no respect and leave their trash without thinking about if.

Stay at Parchers Resort and fish at South Lake. 🌲🎣

Hike, of course!

Can you do all this stuff right now in February?

Stand along Owens River at sunset

That is one heck of a list!

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6 days ago

River therapy 😍
Video thanks to @wil.daniels
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I could sit and fish right there ALL DAY!!

I Love 💕 to go back one of these days. It is Awesome there.

I just visited last weekend, and it was this beautiful! I want to go back hopefully soon! ➕💛💜

Life goals is to one day go fishing with you in my beloved Bishop, CA ! Stephen Bishop

Love being in bishop and in the eastern Sierras. Fishing and backcountry is pretty awesome. Jacks is good too.

Best time of year to fish for those beautiful wild browns. Blue wing Olive's can come off early afternoon and it is a blast. Love this river!!!

beautiful! I really like going there because its so beautiful!

Love the breeze blowing through he grass.

I need to get there . Hopefully sometime in April

Love this, I could sit here all day!

Cheryl Kimsey Killian that looks so Awesome and Relaxing. I would Love 💕 to be there.

I've spent a lot of time in Bishop.... On Horseback and skis.

Beautiful place

Beautiful picture 😊😊❤❤

So beautiful

I can stare at this all day!

Looks so peaceful!

Owens river... we are from Bishop ...

Gorgeous view


Nice fishing spot!

Miss this !!

Thanks for posting this


Is that the Owens River

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1 week ago

Fishing around here sure is magical ✨
Thanks for the shot, @miss.outside
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Fishing around here sure is magical ✨
Thanks for the shot, @miss.outside
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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Hey, there I was, 40 yrs. ago! Well,almost like me, uh,I had a fishing pole and a dog😗🤣😂🤣🤣

Hey....I haven't seen this girl on the river? Must of been at the wrong place! Lol

Beautiful picture 😊😊❤❤

Jerry Machue can’t wait to get back up to Bishop! ♥️


Love this picture! She has the magic wand.

The best girls fish!


Alexandra Coyote-Phoenix

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