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September Stewardship Round-Up by Stewardship Director Alex Ertaud

The aspen leaves are making their annual change from green to orange/yellow/red, electrifying our Eastern Sierra landscape. Sadly, that means the all-important summer stewardship work of our Trail Ambassadors has come to an end. September marked the last month our Trail Ambassadors (TAs) were out and about on the trails of our Eastern Sierra Forest Service lands, from Lone Pine to Bridgeport (a close-to-150-mile stretch of public lands).  Here’s just a bit of what they have been up to during the past several weeks: Lily Emerson closed out the season with a super-successful cleanup at the fourth annual Bridgeport Trails…

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Stewardship Round-Up: July 2022

Read some exciting progress notes from our Trail Ambassadors, with an introduction and post-note from Stewardship Director Alex Ertaud. “We’re thick into the Dog Days of summer, hitting the midway point of our season, and the Trail Ambassadors (TAs) just keep on rolling! Alongside our Forest Service partners, our TAs have been up to some amazing work. But don’t take my word for it: Let’s hear it from the TAs themselves! Here are some highlights from their last month of work in north-to-south order depending on the Ranger District to which each of them is assigned.” From Bradley Olson, TA…

Stewardship Round Up – June 2022

June Stewardship Round Up Compiled by Alex Ertaud, Stewardship Director The solstice has passed and summer is truly here, which means  Friends of the Inyo’s Trail Ambassadors have a month of work under their belts and are firing on all cylinders out on the trails of the Eastern Sierra. I could tell you what our TAs have been up to, but why not let them tell you themselves? Below are some updates from the field where our TAs share some of the highlights of their season so far. Lindsay Butcher, Trail Ambassador for the White Mountain Ranger District of the…

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Volunteering, Hiking, Learning: Summer Is Always Better with Friends…of the Inyo!

Friends of the Inyo’s Summer Stewardship Program is Off to a “HOT” Start! By Alex Ertaud, Stewardship Director (Middle-Right in photo) As the days grow longer and the last remaining bits of snow melt away, it can only mean one thing: Friends of the Inyo’s Summer Stewardship Season is upon us!  Our Stewardship Team spent the month of May getting ready for the exciting summer season we have ahead of us. We’re thrilled to announce that we are able to staff each Ranger District of the National Forests of the Eastern Sierra with a dedicated Trail Ambassador (TA) this year….

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Geology and Volcanology Interpretive Hike in Mammoth with Tess Irving-Ruffing – 8/7/2021

Join Tess on a hike around Horseshoe Lake and learn more about the geologic history of the Lakes Basin and of Mammoth Mountain. You will learn about the basics of the formation of the Sierra Nevada Range, the history of local volcanic activity in the area, and other interesting geological facts that continue to impact the local natural and human environments. Where: Horseshoe Lake (Mammoth Lakes) (meet at the visitor’s sign) RSVP required When: start 10:00am (roughly 1-1.5 hrs) The Hike: 1.7 mi around Horseshoe Lake. 114ft elevation change This hike is now full. If you would like to be…

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Volunteer Backcountry Stewardship Week | Cottonwood Creek

Join Friends of the Inyo and the White Mountain Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest for a spectacular three days of stewardship in Mono County. We’ll be working to restore roads in Wilderness and removing obsolete cattle exclosures, and we’ll also save plenty of time for hiking, sharing stories, and enjoying a beautiful place. Trip dates are August 6-9, 2021 Check back soon for more trip details. This trip is now full! If you would like to be placed on the waitlist and notified if a spot opens up, e-mails Alex Ertaud at Participants are responsible for all…

Friends of the Inyo staff Alex Ertaud on left and Michael Cleaver and Muffin the dog on right
Earth Day Clean-Up Event with Inyo350 a Success

Earth Day Clean-Up Event with Inyo350 a Success On Saturday, April 24th, over 50 volunteers came together in Bishop to celebrate Earth Day, give back, and pick up trash. Inyo350, the Sierra Trash Eliminators, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, and Friends of the Inyo joined forces to provide trash-grabbers, trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and plenty of good cheer to make sure the volunteers who joined the fun were fully equipped and ready to go. After a safety talk and last grab of coffee and pastries, folks geared up and headed out to locations across Bishop to…

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Support the Trail Ambassadors in 2021

Support the Trail Ambassadors in 2021 We are committed to making 2021 a brighter year for our public lands. And one thing you can count on in these uncertain times is Friends of the Inyo doing stewardship work on the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. If you make a donation, a board member will match the first $10,000 in donations to fund our Trail Ambassador Program. Help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to help fund our work in 2021. Make a donation online. Read our open letter and learn about our plans for this upcoming Stewardship Season: Sincerely,…

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Behind the Scenes: Trail Ambassadors in Death Valley National Park

Look behind the scenes at the work to erase vehicle trespass on the delicate dry lake beds of Death Valley National Park. Tuesday, March 23rd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm *FREE admission* Click here to register now! Event Description Join Friends of the Inyo Stewardship Director Alex Ertaud and Trail Ambassador Lindsay Butcher as they share with us their experience working in Death Valley National Park effacing vehicle trespass on the delicate desert playas. Because of the unique geography and climate of Death Valley, tire tracks left by travelers who decided to drive off the designated road scar the…