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Solitude Canyon | Revised Proposed Action On November 8, 2020 the Inyo National Forest released a Revised Proposed Action for the project. The Forest will bring forward the Lakes Basin portion of the proposal, while removing the Solitude Canyon trail from consideration. The District Ranger cited concerns by State agencies and Forest Service specialists about Mule Deer, as well as issues raised by the public. Over 2,000 public comments were received on the proposal. A final decision memo regarding the remaining portion of trail near Lake Mary will be released soon.
New Legislation Seeks Federal Recognition for the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe This Autumn, Congressman Paul Cook introduced legislation, H.R.8208, to recognize the tribal sovereignty of the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a tribe. In 2019, Friends of the Inyo submitted a letter of support urging him to move legislation forward recognizing the identity and history of his constituents. Cook’s press release outlines the decades-long struggle to gain recognition from the federal government. Rep. Cook said, “Federal recognition of the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe is long overdue, and it’s time we honor their tireless efforts in preserving their culture and history. I commend the…
In this issue of the Juniper you will find a recap of the “Stand for the Land” rally to protect Conglomerate Mesa. Several FOI Staff and Board were there and proudly stood with local environmental and indigenous rights activists to show our support. You will also find a recap of recent work done in Death Valley National Park, and trash picked up during the Eastside Facelift. Lastly, you have the opportunity to attend a virtual Open House hosted by Premium Energy, the company proposing a potentially damaging pumped storage project in Owens Valley. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of…