This New Year’s Eve, Friends of the Inyo took some time to reflect on the past 12 months’ accomplishments. What they found added up to 2,010 reasons to support the local non-profit conservation organization. Please consider a resolution that’s good for the places you love: joining or volunteering for this local non-profit next year!
722 Members of Friends of the Inyo. The financial support and involvement of our wonderful members make all these impressive statistics possible
694 Volunteers on stewardship projects on the Inyo National Forest, generating the equivalent of $110,747 worth of work
400 Acres of wetlands and endangered Owens Vally Pupfish habitat monitored by Fish Slough Patrol volunteers
66 Miles of waterways protected as Wild & Scenic Rivers: Owens River Headwaters, Cottonwood Creek and the Amargosa River.
61 Stewardship Projects, ranging from improving the route up Mount Whitney to removing invasive species on the Death Valley floor.
31 Partner Organizations, including land management agencies, non-profit groups, businesses and schools
23 Explorations: Friends of the Inyo led free, fun hikes and ski tours to far flung, favorite locations, from Surprise Canyon to Sonora Pass.
6 Alternatives from which Inyo National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch selected the “Collaborative Alternative” for managing the forest’s motorized route system. Friends of the Inyo was a key part of the team that drafted that choice for the long-awaited road plan.
3 New Wilderness Areas and 3 Wilderness Additions: thanks to the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, the pristine, beautiful lands of Granite Mountain, Owens River Headwaters and White Mountains were designated wilderness, along with additions to the existing Hoover, Ansel Adams and John Muir wilderness areas.
1 Home for Owens Valley Pupfish, Mount Whitney, and the world’s oldest trees: the public lands of the Eastern Sierra