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Action Alert: Urge Congress to support increased funding for the Bureau of Land Management. Act by July 9!

Join Friends of the Inyo and our partner, Conservation Lands Foundation, in urging Congress to support increased funding for the Bureau of Land Management for the maintenance and protection of Public Lands today and for future generations. With voting on Fiscal Year 2025 Interior Appropriations set to happen in the coming weeks, your comments will be MOST EFFECTIVE if received by July 9. Get involved today!

Action Alert: Comment on INF’s Draft Environmental Assessment for Coyote Flat OHV Recreation Enhancement Project by 6/17!

The Inyo National Forest is seeking public comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for its Coyote Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Enhancement Project (Project #61311) to improve road and motorized trail management in the Coyote Flat area for public safety and resource protection. The public comment period began May 18, and closes on June 17. Please read Friends of the Inyo’s Action Alert to help you learn how to comment and understand issues of concern to highlight in your feedback to the INF.

Summer is Better with Friends…of the Inyo—And we’re just warming up! Read all about it in the June issue of The Juniper!

Meet this season’s Trail Ambassadors! Buy your dad (or grad, or anyone you love, for that matter) some Fat Trout brand coffee from Black Sheep Coffee Roasters and help Friends of the Inyo at the same time! Get ready for June Lake Trails Day on Fourth of July Weekend! And soooo many more news and happenings: But if you don’t read “The Juniper,” you’ll never know! Happy reading…Happy sharing!

#NoHotCreekMine Victory!

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court issued its opinion reversing the decision of a lower court that would have allowed exploratory drilling at Hot Creek. In their 2021 lawsuit, conservation groups, including Friends of the Inyo, said the Forest Service’s use of two categorical exclusions, rather than more detailed environmental review, effectively ignored the mining project’s effects on Bi-state sage grouse in the area, as well as the potential harm to nearby Hot Creek where endangered Owens tui chub live. This is a big victory! Read all about it in our media release.

Action Alert: Attend a Public Meeting Thurs., May 23, to Get Informed on the Inyo National Forest’s Coyote Flat OHV Draft Environmental Assessment!

The Inyo National Forest will host a public meeting this Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cerro Coso Community College’s Bishop Campus, as well as online via Zoom for those who cannot attend physically, to discuss proposed actions at Coyote Flat and let the public know how to submit comments on its Draft Environmental Assessment for the Coyote Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Enhancement Project. Learn how you can get involved by attending the public meeting!

Listen to FOI’s Desert Lands Organizer’s Interview on KMMT about Our Upcoming Dark Desert Skies Campout Coming Up May 17-19!

Listen to Friends of the Inyo’s Jaime Lopez Wolters’ May 10 interview with KMMT Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) Show Host John DeMaria about our upcoming Dark Desert Skies Outing at Conglomerate Mesa this weekend, May 17-19. Get details and sign up to reserve your spot beneath the vastness of the heavens before they are all taken–we limit participation in the spirit of land protection. Learn all about the trip, and get information about why protecting Conglomerate Mesa from mining threats is of the utmost importance, by listening to the interview, then go to the Events tab at FriendsoftheInyo.org to…

ACTION ALERT REMINDER: Protect Our Water! Join the Inyo/LA Technical Group Meeting TOMORROW, Thursday 5/9 (In-person or Online)

Protect Eastern Sierra Water! At 9am on Thursday 5/9, representatives from Inyo County and LADWP will meet to discuss LADWP’s plans for pumping water from the Eastern Sierra for the 2024-2025 runoff year. Let’s make our voices heard. Come to this meeting and advocate for reduced pumping and ecosystem recovery.

ACTION ALERT: Protect Our Water! Attend the Inyo/L.A. Technical Group Meeting Next Thursday, May 9! In-person and Virtual Options Available!

The Inyo/Los Angeles Technical Group, which consists of representatives from Inyo County and LADWP,  will meet Thursday morning, May 9, in Bishop, to examine technical aspects of water management (LADWP’s Draft Annual Operations Plan). Attend in person or virtually and make your voice heard for Eastern Sierra water protection!

Ah, the Solitude of Wilderness! Help Us Monitor It: Call it Citizen Science with a Meditative Twist!

Can you hear the solitude? Help us monitor it: It’s citizen science with a meditative twist! You enjoy your moments alone in the Eastern Sierra, right? So do many others. Millions of others, actually. Every year. Well, the U.S. Forest Service wants to make sure everyone visiting our wilderness areas has opportunities for solitude. It all begins with research, and Friends of the Inyo is assisting. And for that, we need YOU! Help Friends of the Inyo conduct visitor data collection for the Forest Service in various designated Wildernesses on the Inyo National Forest.  What you will be doing: Hiking…

Close to 70 organizations ask federal agencies to award National Park Passes to Newly Sworn-in U.S. Citizens

Today, during National Park Week (which lasts from April 20-28), 68 community-based organizations are calling upon the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to increase national park and federal recreational land access to immigrants and unbanked individuals. Leading this initiative are Friends of the Inyo and GreenLatinos. The organizations released a COMMUNITY SIGN-ON LETTER addressed to heads of the U.S. departments of Interior, Homeland Security, and Agriculture, and aforementioned agency leads, calling for inter-agency cooperation to: Provide an America the Beautiful Pass as a “Welcome to America” gift to each…

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