Caring for the Eastern Sierra.

Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo is a Bishop, CA-based non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the region's public lands, made possible through member support, grant funding and federal agency partnerships.

Our mission:

On the eastern edge of California, there exists a vast and wild landscape where bighorn sheep roam across alpine ridges, golden trout brighten tumbling streams and the Milky Way outshines city lights. Millions of people each year enjoy this land where the desert meets the mountains, touching all who experience its quiet, beauty and power.

Since nearly 95 percent of this land is owned by the American people, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to ensure the Eastern Sierra remains wild and free for future generations of people and wildlife. Friends of the Inyo cares for this unique national treasure by connecting people to the wonders of the Eastern Sierra's public lands. 


 Support a Wilderness Ranger Intern!



Help Friends on the Inyo sponsor a full time Wilderness Ranger Intern for the Sierra National Forest this summer. We're launching a crowdfunding campaign at to help the Sierra National Forest hire and train a Wilderness Intern to work in the John Muir Wilderness. Please help us help them by making a donation and/ or sharing this great opportunity with your friends. 


Because it is comprised of a large portion of the Sierra Nevada Range, there are places within Sierra National Forest that are more easily and more efficiently accessed from the east side of the Sierra crest. In a time of declining federal budgets, wilderness management resources are becoming strained and harder to come by. By sponsoring a wilderness intern, we will not only help ensure the health and vitality of Sierra wilderness, we will be giving a young person a life-changing experience developing skills for a career in public lands.



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