Ben Wickham

07 May: Desert Alive in the Inyo Mountains – 5 May 2010

Yesterday, FOI Conservation Associate Andrew Schurr, Inyo National Forest Geologist Margie DeRose and I spent the day reviewing old mine shaft & adit sites along the Mazourka Canyon corridor in the Inyo Mountains that FOI’s Stewardship Crew will be fencing this season as part of an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act contract. The fencing is intended to ensure folks don’t stumble or drive into these roadside shafts while staring at red-tail hawks, limestone cliffs or GPS units. While the mines, old masonry walls and explosive views across the Owens Valley from the Inyos were great, Mother Nature’s knock out display…

03 May: Mt. Andrea Lawrence Honors Local Leader & Conservationist

Boxer, McKeon Introduce Legislation to Name Mono County Mountain Peak for Conservationist Andrea Lawrence   Lawrence, Who Was an Olympic Skier, Former County Supervisor, Passed Away Last Year Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) today introduced legislation to name a peak in Mono County “Mt. Andrea Lawrence,” in memory of the late Andrea Lawrence – a conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors. Senator Boxer said, “Andrea Lawrence’s life centered on mountains, first as a talented Olympic skier and then as a dedicated…

27 Apr: Bodie Hills in Sunset Magazine

One of the West’s most amazing places is in our backyard. The Bodie Hills are a national treasure–read Sunset editor Pete Fish’s take on the newly proposed national monuments: http://www.sunset.com/travel/outdoor-adventure/proposed-national-monuments-00418000067445/page2.html

01 Apr: OHV Grant Funding Sought

Friends of the Inyo is seeking state funding for restoration and enhancement of off-highway vehicle recreation areas across the Inyo National Forest. Friends of the Inyo recently submitted a preliminary application to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of California State Parks for the 2010 grant cycle. This potential funding would be used to support work on the Inyo National Forest by professional stewardship crews and volunteers. The Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program of the OHMVR Division provides for well managed off-highway vehicle recreation in the State of California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies, state…

31 Dec: 2010 Reasons to support Friends of the Inyo Today

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 possible694 Volunteers on stewardship projects on the Inyo National Forest, generating the equivalent of $110,747 worth of work400 Acres of wetlands and endangered Owens Vally…

03 Jun: Hike America’s Newest Wilderness!

Join Friends of the Inyo for weekend hikes into newly designated wilderness areas. Be sure to bring lunch, sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing for an all-day adventure. Email stacy@friendsoftheinyo.org for more information, or call (760) 873-6500, and check back here for meeting places, maps and hike details. July 4 Yost Creek to Glass Creek MeadowCelebrate the freedom of the wilderness on a strenuous shuttle hike into the Owens Headwaters Wilderness. Leaving from the Fern Lake trailhead in June Lake, we’ll climb to Yost Meadows and then descend cross-country to Glass Creek Meadow, enjoying wildflower displays all the way. Hike leader:Paul McFarland…

15 Apr: Memorial for Andrea Lawrence Sunday, April 19

Andrea was a champion in every sense; a leader, an inspiration and a friend to all in the conservation movement in the Eastern Sierra and far beyond. We will miss her! Please join us at a memorial this Sunday.   Memorial gatheringIn tribute to Andrea Mead Lawrence1932 – 2009 Sunday, April 19, 2009 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Mountainside Conference CenterMammoth Mountain Ski Area Main LodgeMammoth Lakes, California 5:30 Doors open 6:00 Program begins promptly Designated speakersFilm profile of Andrea by Olympic historian Bud Greenspan 8:00 Appetizers, beverages, Andrea’s favorite carrot cake, good company, and a chance to share stories…

25 Mar: Wilderness Bill Passes

More than 400,000 acres of pristine, beautiful Eastern Sierra lands are now protected as wilderness. Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 146, which included the Omnibus Public Lands bill that our local Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act was part of. The bill–the largest conservation effort put before Congress in 25 years–is now on its way to President Obama’s desk. In Mono and Inyo Counties, new wilderness areas range from the Hoover, near Sonora Pass, to the White Mountains and the eastern escarpment of the Sierra. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard, wrote letters and attended…

23 Mar: Travel Management Comments Due March 31

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Inyo National Forest’s Travel Management Plan are due Tuesday, March 31. Friends of the Inyo has been very involved in the planning process, and as part of the Collaborative Alternative Team (made up of diverse community members and stakeholders) supports Alternative 6 in the DEIS. View maps, learn more about the alternatives and the process at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/projects/ohvroute5.shtml. Send comments to comments-pacificsouthwest-inyo@fs.fed.us. We encourage you to support Alternative 6, the Collaborative Alternative that represents community input and team effort.   The following op-ed appeared in the March 19 edition of the Inyo…

09 Feb: Wilderness Progress

The Omnibus Public Lands Package, which includes the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act, has passed the Senate. Now it will be heard in the House of Representatives Wednesday, February 11. Please support the bill by asking your Representative to vote for the bill with no amendments. Go to house.gov to get your Representative’s phone number and email. Read on for an editorial from the Los Angeles Times urging lawmakers to pass this historic legislation. From the Los Angeles Times Editorial A win for wilderness The Senate has passed a public lands bill that will benefit California,…