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7/23 @ 4:30 p.m. in Bishop City Park: “Shepherds of Today” – FOI’s Latino Conservation Week Bilingual Event

Shepherds of Today (Pastores de Hoy) – Friends of the Inyo’s Latino Conservation Week Event – Coming up July 23 in Bishop City Park Friends of the Inyo is getting ready to offer its first ever Latino Conservation Week Event, and it will be held bilingually, in English and Spanish, for the entire community to enjoy. We invite people of all ages, Eastern Sierra locals and tourists alike, to join us at Bishop’s City Park, at the gazebo on Main Street, Saturday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., to listen to local sheepherders (many of whom are Hispanic) talk…

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Court Rules LADWP Can Cut Irrigation to Long Valley and Little Round Valley – Help Friends of the Inyo Keep Fighting for Water Justice!

  “The futures of tourism, wildlife and ranching in Mono County are now at the mercy of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – according to environmental groups – now that a court has upheld the agency’s authority to cut irrigation water.” Click here to read the entire article, which has been distributed to numerous media outlets throughout the Western U.S., thanks to our partnership with Public News Service. We Need Your Support! If you would like to help Friends of the Inyo continue the good fight for water justice in the Eastern Sierra, please read our June…


FOI June Funding Appeal: Please give to help us keep our water in the Eastern Sierra!

Friends of the Inyo’s June 2022 Funding Appeal to our donors and supporters is all about water – each drop of it as precious as a diamond in these times of drought. Please read a heartfelt plea for support from Executive Director Wendy Schneider and follow the instructions to donate to help our water justice work so we can continue the fight to keep our water in the Eastern Sierra. Thank you!

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Forest Fire Prevention is Better (en ESPAÑOL) with Amigos…of the Inyo!

We translated the stricter seasonal fire restrictions reported in the Inyo National Forest & Bureau of Land Management’s June 3 press release for the benefit of our Spanish-speaking neighbors in the Eastern Sierra, and included this life-saving information in our monthly column, “Amigos de Nuestras Tierras” (“Friends of Our Lands”), in Spanish-language weekly El Sol de la Sierra. It is on the front page of this week’s (June 9 – 15) issue. Read and download it here—or better yet, pick up a printed copy of the paper FREE in businesses throughout Inyo and Mono Counties. Help us spread the word by…


The June 2022 Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s E-Newsletter, ‘The Juniper,’ reads like a celebration of Thanksgiving in Summer – So much to be thankful for!

This month, take a look at our “Pine Nuts Impact Report” for 2021, meet our Trail Ambassadors and learn about volunteering opportunities coming up in June and July through our Stewardship Program, see a photo of the new truck in our fleet – a purchase made possible thanks to your generous giving – and more! Happy reading…and if you like what you read, happy sharing!


A Recap of our Dark Desert Skies Campout (May 20-22)

For me, Friends of the Inyo’s Dark Desert Skies Campout (May 20-22) was just as much about all we can see under Daytime Desert Skies! By Kayla Browne, Desert Lands Organizer  Friends of the Inyo had a wonderful group of friends come out to learn more about dark skies and the beauty of Conglomerate Mesa and Centennial Flat over our three-day Dark Desert Skies Campout event that began with an educational evening at the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine. On Friday evening, May 20, we premiered “Island in the Sky,” a short film produced by Patagonia about…

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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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The latest issue of ‘Every Last Drop,’ the Newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition is here

The latest issue of Every Last Drop, the official E-newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition, provides an excellent read on how the adequate provision of water to a landscape as engineered by nature itself, is a great way to lessen the possibilities of wildfires in the Eastern Sierra’s dry summer season. During the ongoing drought, we need Long Valley to remain watered – not parched by excessive extraction from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Happy reading….Happy sharing!

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Friends of the Inyo’s ‘Pine Nuts’ Annual Impact Report for 2021 Details What Your Investment in Conservation Helped Us Accomplish Last Year!

Pine nuts, a high-energy food, helped sustain Native peoples of the Eastern Sierra through the winter. Friends of the Inyo’s Annual Impact Report is named thus to acknowledge the support of our donors and funders, whose generosity sustains our work of protecting and caring for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. With much gratitude, we invite you to take a look at a brief overview of what your dollars (your “pine nuts”) invested in local conservation helped up accomplish in 2021. Happy reading…Happy sharing!