Listen to FOI Executive Director Wendy Schneider in a recent installment of ‘The Oxygen Starved Podcast’

In a recent conversation with “The Oxygen Starved Podcast” hosts Mono County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stacey Adler and Mono County Free Library Director Christopher Platt, Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director Wendy Schneider talks about public land stewardship and protection, leadership, family and more. Take a listen. Begin at min. 32 of the podcast. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!


The May 2022 Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s E-Newsletter, The Juniper, is here!

In this issue, learn about the economic power of nonprofits; find out how you can get involved in 30×30, helping to conserve 30 percent of California’s lands and coastal waters by 2030; discover how you can buy a local brand of coffee or a gorgeous coffee table book of photos of the Eastern Sierra, or both, while helping Friends of the Inyo; get the details about two Mono County events on May 7 organized by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in conjunction with the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, and more. As always, happy reading…and if you like what you read, happy…

Get Involved in 30×30: Helping to Conserve 30 Percent of California’s Lands and Coastal Waters by 2030

By Jora Fogg, FOI Policy Director Last month, in conjunction with Earth Day, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) released their final Pathways to 30×30: Accelerating Conservation of California’s Nature strategy to forward the global effort to conserve 30 percent of lands and coastal waters by 2030 (30×30). The plan focuses on protecting the state’s biodiversity, advancing equitable access to nature and addressing the climate crisis.    The Pathways document was crafted by a dedicated team at CNRA through months of public engagement. More than 4,100 Californians engaged with the state to provide input through more than a dozen public meetings,…


In this issue, we are thrilled to republish content from the Mono Lake Committee’s Winter-Spring 2022 Newsletter, highlighting the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s extraction of groundwater from Mono Basin using a tunnel! (Photo from LADWP). Read all about it and share this information, especially with your friends in the Los Angeles area – they need to know the water they drink is coming from our part of California, and decades-long water extraction has helped lower Mono Lake water levels drastically!

The April (Earth Day Month) Issue of our Juniper Newsletter is Here!

With our planet in climate crisis, we have plenty of ideas about things you can do to help the Earth – beginning with activities in our corner of the world, the beautiful lands of the Eastern Sierra, or “Payahuunadu,” The Land of Flowing Water, as the original Paiute inhabitants called this magical place. Also find inspiration in a testimonial of two living beings (a depressed human and a starving kitten) that rescued each other on Earth Day four years ago, and how that story encourages reflection on what we can do to “rescue” our planet. Happy reading…happy sharing!

Still Celebrating a BIG Win for Conglomerate Mesa!

Still Celebrating a BIG Win for Conglomerate Mesa!  By Kayla Browne, Desert Lands Organizer After four years of defending Conglomerate Mesa from the greedy hands of K2 Gold and its subsidiary Mojave Precious Metals, we finally got a temporary win. On March 17th, K2 Gold announced in a press release an “indefinite suspension of activities at the Mojave Project.” K2 is the 11th company to threaten the Mesa since the 1980s.  Conglomerate Mesa, the ancestral homelands and traditional territories of the Timbisha Shoshone and Paiute-Shoshone Tribes, is located in a remote area of the Inyo Mountains, east of Keeler, on…

FOI Supports the “Worth More Than Gold Bike Tour” April 21 – 27

“Worth More Than Gold Bike Tour” April 21 – 27 By Emily Markstein and Amber Rassler: The dream for this bike tour began last winter when Amber and I spent our weekends biking the Eastern Sierra. As we wandered roads less traveled, we dreamed about integrating our love for biking with our passion for environmental advocacy and action. At the heart of our conversations was the desire to add extrinsic value and purpose to our intrinsic weekend activity. After months of conversation, we saw an opportunity to make our dreams a reality. In May of 2021, we discovered a foreign…

ACTION ALERT – Comment by April 14 on Long Overdue River Management Plans’ Final Drafts!

Comprehensive River Management Plans for the Owens River Headwaters & Cottonwood Creek are long overdue. We are encouraging our members to submit written comments to the Inyo National Forest on the second round of draft plans and the accompanied Environmental Assessments by the April 14 deadline. Our Action Alert provides talking points and instructions. Thanks for your participation!

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