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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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PRESS RELEASE – Public Comment Period Opens for Controversial Mining Project on California Desert Tribal Lands

BISHOP, CA — Today, the Bureau of Land Management announced the opening of the public comment period for the proposed mining project at Conglomerate Mesa, located on traditional homelands of the Paiute-Shoshone and Timbisha Shoshone and about one mile from California’s Death Valley National Park. K2 Gold’s proposal will impact at least 12 acres of Conglomerate Mesa. The company proposes to drill 1,000 feet down at seven locations to collect samples for gold analysis and to develop nearly three miles of new roads. Mining and drilling in the region would permanently destroy cultural resources and traditional cultural use sites, as…

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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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Listen to FOI Communications Director Lou Medina Talk About Our FREE August Hikes on the KMMT ACE Show

On July 30, Louis (Lou) Medina, Communications Director of Friends of the Inyo, was a guest on John DeMaria’s Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) Show on KMMT FM. Listen to him introduce himself to the Eastern Sierra community and talk about FREE interpretive hikes coming up from Friends of the Inyo throughout the month of August. Click on the media player below to listen to the full interview. For more information about ALL of our events, visit FriendsoftheInyo.org/events. 

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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…

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Action Alert: Comment by July 23 on Two Long Overdue River Management Plans

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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The Juniper Newsletter – July 2021

In this issue of The Juniper, you will be asked to exercise the power of your pocketbook to help fight destructive mining in three of our public lands; check out upcoming education, exploration and volunteering events; learn about our hard-working Trail Ambassadors; meet Friends of the Inyo’s new Communications Director, and more. Happy reading, and if you like what you read…Happy sharing!

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Devils Postpile Wastewater Treatment System Comments

The plan for a wastewater treatment system in Devils Postpile National Monument represents proactive efforts of the National Parks Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to address the current failing wastewater system. This project as currently described will protect public lands and reduce the maintenance burden on management agencies. Specifically the proposed septic system will protect waterways from contamination by eliminating the need for aging mechanical force mains and lift stations. Removing the aging mechanical infrastructure will reduce danger of failure and accidental discharge, reduce the agency’s energy costs, and reduce maintenance needs.