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UPDATES ON THE BLOG

The Juniper Newsletter – August 2021

In this edition of the Juniper, you will be introduced to first issue of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition’s new e-mail newsletter, Every Last Drop: Exposés on the L.A./Eastern Sierra Water Wars; an opportunity to make your voice heard in the struggle to Protect Conglomerate Mesa from foreign mining interests; Friends of the Inyo’s new education/outreach efforts to Inyo and Mono counties’ growing Hispanic community (en español); the continuing stewardship and interpretive work of our Trail Ambassadors; and more! Happy reading—and if you like what you read, happy sharing!

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July Stewardship Recap

The dog days of summer are here, and wouldn’t you know it, our Trail Ambassadors have hit full gear! We’ve hit the halfway mark of our summer season, and my goodness, things have flown by! From volunteer events and interpretive hikes to backcountry trail work and log-outs with Forest Service partners, our TAs have been busy. Here are just a few highlights of what they’ve been up to since our last edition of the Juniper: Lily Emerson, our TA partnering with the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, has been getting up to a variety of different projects….

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Action Alert: Comment by Aug. 30th to Protect Conglomerate Mesa from Foreign Drilling!

In their next phase of destructive gold exploration, Canadian company K2 Gold, through its subsidiary Mojave Precious Metals, LLC, is proposing to build 2.6 miles of brand new roads and 1.1 miles of overlanding routes to access 30 different drill sites and drill 120 holes on Conglomerate Mesa. The total impact is estimated to be 12.2 acres, more than 61 times as much as K2 Gold’s previous exploration activities. The Ridgecrest Bureau of Land Management has opened up its 30-day public scoping comment period through August 30th. If you love Conglomerate Mesa and want to protect it, participate now!

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Action Alert – DEADLINE EXTENSION: Comment on Two Long Overdue River Management Plans by Aug. 6!

Friends of the Inyo was actively involved in the designation of the Owens River Headwaters (ORHW) and Cottonwood Creek as Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR) in 2009. We worked for years to Congressionally protect these free-flowing rivers and the water they supply to humans and wildlife. The development of river management plans is a fundamental provision of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; such plans are intended to be completed within three years of designation. Now, after 12 years of inaction, and thanks to litigation, the U.S. Forest Service is finally completing this task. Last year, Resource Assessments were completed for…

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Introducing ‘Every Last Drop’ – A Newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition

Welcome to the launch of Every Last Drop: Exposés on the L.A. / Eastern Sierra Water Wars, a biweekly newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition (keeplongvalleygreen.org). Every Last Drop aims to distill the turbulent history and complex issue of water into manageable, drop-sized installments for the benefit of residents of Inyo, Mono and Los Angeles counties. Every Last Drop will offer readers thoughtful pieces by Eastern Sierra Author and Every Last Drop Writer/Editor Jamie Della. You will also find in the newsletter a link to subscribe. It’s FREE!

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FOI Executive Director’s Latest Op Ed in the July 17 Issue of The Inyo Register

Opinion: Gold mining not necessary for renewable energy future By Wendy Schneider, Executive Director, Friends of the Inyo There are many reasons to protect Conglomerate Mesa, ancestral homeland of the Shoshone (Newe), Paiute (Numuu), and Timbisha Native Americans. These include its profound cultural significance to the area’s tribes, its rare endemic plants, its thriving high altitude Joshua Tree forest, its spectacular dark sky, its irreplaceable geological fossil record, recreation opportunities, and the home it provides for wildlife. At this moment all of Conglomerate Mesa’s values are threatened by mining exploration. There has been a lively debate about the merits of…