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Meet FOI’s newest Board Members and learn how you can show love to the Eastern Sierra in the February issue of The Juniper!

There are lots of community engagement opportunities to be found in the Eastern Sierra. Let’s take advantage of them! We love this place, after all, and especially in February, “The Month of Love,” our community engagement can be our “Valentine’s Day Gift” to this incomparable region we are fortunate enough to call home. Get plenty of ideas on how to get involved in the Feburary issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Newsletter, The Juniper! Happy reading…And if you like what you read, happy sharing!

Listen to FOI’s Lindsay Butcher’s 1/19 Interview about the Backcountry Film Festival on KMMT!

If you think you missed KMMT-FM’s John DeMaria’s interview with Friends of the Inyo’s Stewardship Director Lindsay Butcher last Friday (Jan. 19), you didn’t! Listen to a recording of it here to learn about  the Backcountry Film Festival, which Friends of the Inyo is hosting on Friday, Jan. 26, in Bishop, and Saturday, Jan. 27, in Mammoth Lakes.  Tickets are just $25 at FriendsoftheInyo.org/Events, and proceeds help fund this year’s SnowSchool, FREE to local 5th Graders. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!

Happy New Year! Friends of the Inyo’s Juniper Newsletter for January 2024 is Here!

Highlights in our January Juniper Newsletter include: An update (with THANKS!) of money raised as part of our 2023 Year-End Fundraising Campaign; a New Year’s greeting from our Executive Director, with information about some of our plans for 2024; news of upcoming events like the Backcountry Film Festival; an Action Alert to submit comments to the Bureau of Land Management on Southern California Edison’s proposed 61-mile long Control-Silver Peak Transmission Line Replacement Project; and more! Happy reading…Happy sharing!

FOI Recommends: Walking Water’s Online Water Learning Series Focused on Los Angeles, w/ Parts 1-3 offered Jan – March in the New Year!

Friends of the Inyo is excited to help promote an online water learning series from our friends at Walking Water, which catalyzes storytelling, knowledge sharing, and the discovery of new possible directions and solutions for the future of water through pilgrimage, council, and associated events. The first three parts of the series, spaced out monthly during the first quarter of 2024, will feature the following topics: Before L.A.: Remembering Ancestors of Place – Featuring Insights from the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission –  6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 18 Vision of Los Angeles, An Overview of L.A.’s Water Management…

Executive Director Wendy Schneider Shares Friends of the Inyo’s Plans for the Coming Year on KMMT’s 12/15 ACE Show

If you think you missed KMMT-FM’s John DeMaria’s interview with Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director Wendy Schneider on Friday, you didn’t! Listen to a recording of it here to learn about FOI’s plans for 2024, and how you can be a part of Eastern Sierra land and water protection by giving to our year-end fundraising campaign. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!

Hot off the Press: The December Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Juniper E-Newsletter is Here!

With a heart full of gratitude, we bid farewell to another exciting year of Eastern Sierra conservation and protection in Friends of the Inyo’s December Juniper Newsletter. We provide plenty of opportunities for continued engagement in upcoming worthwhile projects in the most white and magical season that ends the Old Year while it ushers us all into the New Year! Happy reading! Happy sharing! And…Join us!

Listen to a Recording of our Interview about #GivingTuesday on KMMT-FM!

In case you missed it this morning,  listen to KMMT-FM Host John DeMaria (left) talk with Friends of the Inyo’s Communications and Philanthropy Director Lou Medina (right) about #GivingTuesday, why it’s important, and why your donation to #FriendsoftheInyo can make a big difference in the protection of Eastern Sierra lands and in helping us move forward toward a greener future. AND because of a robust matching gift of $45,500 from FOI’s generous Board of Directors, your gift will be DOUBLED! Listen, then click here to give!    

#GivingTuesday2023 is Now Live!

It’s #GivingTuesday! You can help Friends of the Inyo raise up to $91,000 thanks to a $45,500 matching gift from our generous Board of Directors that includes THE FIRST HYBRID VEHICLE IN OUR FLEET!  Look at the custom license plate in the photo below and ask yourself, “What will I give “4FOI24” (i.e., to take FOI into 2024)? Then scroll down to give! Your gift will be DOUBLED. Thank you!

#GivingTuesday is coming Nov. 28 – $45,500 Match at Play! Prepare to Give Toward a Greener Future with Friends of the Inyo!

Toward a Greener Future with Friends of the Inyo! The license plate on the Toyota RAV4 AWD Hybrid in the photo reads “4FOI24” (“For Friends of the Inyo in 2024”)! It is a generous 2023 year-end gift from our Board Treasurer, Chris I. Lizza, and is valued at $35,000. With another $10,500 from our other Board Members, we now have $45,500 as a matching gift for our Year-End Fundraising Campaign. We have also taken the first step toward replacing our aging vehicles with more energy efficient, ecologically responsible ones—as befits any conservation organization. Every dollar you donate toward our $45,500…

A Combined October/November Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Juniper E-Newsletter is hot off the press!

A quinceañera, a mild case of COVID, Friends of the Inyo’s partnerships and more! We have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Read all about it in the combined October/November Issue of The Juniper.

Conglomerate Mesa Western Joshua Tree Survey, Oct. 21-23

Conglomerate Mesa Western Joshua Tree Survey, October 21-23, 2023 Blogpost and Photos By Jaime Lopez-Wolters, Friends of the Inyo Desert Lands Organizer Conglomerate Mesa has been under threat from mining companies looking to extract gold from its soil since the 1970s. The latest company to try its luck is Canadian firm K2 Gold, through its local subsidiary, Mojave Precious Metals (MPM). Defenders of the land have always known that the area is special, not in the least because of the thriving high-elevation Western Joshua Tree forest that it harbors. Until recently, the value of these fragile, otherworldly desert plants was…

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