Conservation Open Space Area (COSA)

The Bishop Paiute Reservation Conservation Open Space Area (COSA) is a 24.8 acre tract of breathtaking wetlands set aside for conservation, research, education and outdoor recreation. Please utilize the 1.2 mile walking path and explore this website for more ways to enjoy the plethora of unique plants and wildlife present on the refuge.  



COSA Refuge Vision Statement

“The COSA Refuge will be a model for conserving the natural diversity of plants and animals, preserving cultural resources, and providing opportunities for research, environmental education, and quality outdoor recreation. The refuge will link other wildlands with vital habitat for threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and resident wildlife, and it will protect the natural resources of Bishop Paiute Reservation. Conservation of the natural health and beauty of the refuge is our promise to the community and future generations.” (Bishop Paiute Tribe Conservation Open Space Area Comprehensive Conservation Plan, Bishop Paiute Tribe Environmental Management Office, 2014).


The main entrance to the COSA is located behind the Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center at 2300 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. There are also entrances on See Vee Lane, behind the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices, behind the hospital, and from the Bishop Elementary School playground.