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Featured Events


Friends of the Inyo’s Community Engagement Work Featured in multi-state, 58-county report commissioned by Conservation Lands Foundation`

“Reframing Community-Based Conservation: Public lands advocacy in a changing cultural landscape” is the name of a recently published extensive report commissioned by Conservation Lands Foundation with a goal “to investigate the ways in which western communities are changing, the impacts that these changes may have on land management priorities, and how local conservation organizations can adapt to continue to fulfill their missions.” Friends of the Inyo is one of just five organizations featured in the report from among CLF’s extensive Friends Grassroots Network. “We chose FOI as a case study because of the steady increase of the Hispanic population in…


Friends of the Inyo Talks Dark Desert Skies in’s Latest Podcast

Most of us live in places where we can only see a few of the brightest stars in the sky at night, but what if that didn’t have to be the case? Listen to Kayla Browne and Dan Duriscoe as they sit under a sky full of stars in Death Valley and discuss light pollution, bats, migrating birds, why dark skies are important, astronomy, places you can go to see a truly dark sky, and what can be done to bring stars back to our cities and our lives. It’s all in the latest episode of the Golden State Naturalist…


Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership Newsletter Makes a Comeback in 2023!

After a long hiatus, the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership (BHCP) Newsletter has been resurrected by Friends of the Inyo’s Policy Associate, Water and Forest Campaign Manager Allison Weber, who will be compiling content for this free quarterly e-publication going forward. Allison is also the new BHCP facilitator, replacing Jora Fogg, formerly with Friends of the Inyo. Jora, who now works for Conservation Lands Foundation, will continue to be an integral BHCP member. Read this and other news in the January 2023 issue. If you are not yet a subscriber, the newsletter will tell you how to sign up. Happy reading….Happy…


Happy New Year! Our Jan. 2023 Juniper Newsletter has opportunities for you to help us ‘Grow our Circle of Friends…of the Inyo!’

Besides our new and exciting “Friendsraising” Campaign, learn about our staff changes in the New Year, find out about how you can help us carry out snow surveys while you’re out enjoying the snow in the Inyo National Forest (this is an exciting year for it!), read our new Desert Lands Organizer Jaime Lopez Wolter’s first contribution to our Spanish-language column in El Sol de la Sierra, and more! Happy reading…and if you like what you read, Happy Sharing!

FOI Brings Community Cheer this Holiday Season by Highlighting Bishop Senior Center in El Sol de la Sierra & The Sierra Reader!

Friends of the Inyo is spreading local community goodwill and cheer leading up to the Holidays by partnering with Spanish weekly El Sol de la Sierra and English weekly The Sierra Reader. In both papers’ Dec. 22-28 edition, you will find FOI’s Lou Medina’s contributed column “Amigos the Nuestras Tierras” (“Friends of Our Lands”): on the cover of El Sol and on page 11 of The Reader.  Read all about Bishop Senior Center’s hot meals and home-delivered meals program, plus the many other services the center offers to Inyo County seniors. Happy reading…and if you like what you read, happy…