Eastern Sierra peak named after Andrea Mead Lawrence
In January 2013, President Obama signed legislation to re-name Peak 12,240, named for its elevation, as Mount Andrea Lawrence. Congressman Buck McKeon championed the bill in the House of Representatives in 2011, and Senator Barbara Boxer led the bill in the Senate in 2012. Congressman McKeon praised the passage of the legislation, saying,
“Andrea Mead Lawrence was a remarkable woman. I was honored to know and work with her for the protection of the Eastern Sierra, a cause she championed for much of her life. Andrea Mead Lawrence’s life philosophy is summed up in her quote, “Your life doesn’t stop by winning medals. It’s only the beginning. And if you have the true Olympic spirit, you have to put it back into the world in meaningful ways.”
Andrea Mead Lawrence was a board member in the early years of ESLT, serving more than two years before leaving to start her own organization, the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers (ALIMAR). Andrea was a champion for smart growth and good land planning. Serving for sixteen years as a Mono County Supervisor, Andrea worked tirelessly to preserve farms and ranches, scenery, and habitat in the Eastern Sierra.
We hope you are inspired to champion open spaces in the Eastern Sierra next time you visit the east side and gaze on Mount Andrea Lawrence.