To ensure the priceless legacy of peace, freedom and wildness we inherited perservers for future generations, Friends of the Inyo works to engage the people who live, work and play across Eastern Sierra public lands in meaningful, science-based and collaborative conservation. Here are some of the current happenings in our Preservation program:
After a quarter century of directing management of the Inyo National Forest, the local Forest Service has embarked on a multi-year process to revise the Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Managment Plan. With a focus on public engagement and collaboration, your voice will be critical in helping create a plan to ensure sustainable habitat, watersheds and recreation across the incomparable Inyo National Forest for years to come. Click here to learn more.
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) was released on September 26, 2014 and outlines California's renewable energy planning efforts along side protection and conservation of California's desert ecosystems. Approximately 22.5 million acres of federal and non-federal California desert land are in the DRECP Plan Area.
The DRECP planning area covers a small portion of Inyo county. It is being prepared through a collaborative effort between the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also known as the Renewable Energy Action Team.
The DRECP has the potential to site renewable projects in the most appropriate locations while at the same time permanently protecting California's diverse and unique desert communities.
The final DRECP Record of Decision is released Nov 10, 2015. Several organizations including Friends of the Inyo filed protests based upon elements of the final plan.
To learn more about the DRECP and view our comments click here.
A dramatic and unique landscape worthy of special protection, the sagebrush plateaus, volcanic ramparts and verdant aspen groves of the Bodie Hills rise north of Mono Lake into an ecological bridge connecting the High Sierra to the Great Basin. Please visit www.bodiehills.org to learn more about our efforts as part of the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership to secure meaningful protection for the Bodies.