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Keep Long Valley Green Update April 2021

Keep Long Valley Green Update LADWP faces no 2021 water shortages, yet refuses to start irrigation in Long and Little Round Valleys The Keep Long Valley Green (KLVG) coalition, made up of ranchers, environmental non-profits, local tribal members, and representatives from a diverse set of recreation interests, continues to seek a long-term commitment from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to maintain historic water spreading practices in Little Round and Long Valleys. So far, the recalcitrant agency has steadfastly refused. Indeed in 2021, as reported by the LA Times, LADWP faces no foreseeable water shortages and yet has…

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Press Release: Mining Project Proponents Block Meaningful Public Participation at Town Hall

Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/5/2021  Contact: Kris Hohag, (760) 920-3389, kris.hohag@sierraclub.org Bryan Hatchell, (336) 307-6745, bryan@friendsoftheinyo.org  Mining Project Proponents Block Meaningful Public Participation at Town Hall Local businesses, Indigenous leaders, and environmental groups were unable to provide comment and ask questions during the event   LONE PINE, CA – On Wednesday, March 24th, Mojave Precious Metals and K2 Gold hosted a virtual “Community Town Hall” about their upcoming road construction and exploratory drilling at National Conservation Lands site Conglomerate Mesa. With roughly 200 people in attendance, community members were eager to share their perspectives and ask company representatives questions…

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Trail Ambassador Program Receives National Forest Foundation Grant

Trail Ambassador Program Receives National Forest Foundation Grant In March, as spring arrived and the Worm full moon hung large in the sky, Friends of the Inyo received the exciting news that our National Forest Foundation (NFF) grant application to help fund our Trail Ambassador program was successful!    This $47,000 grant is a huge boon to our ability to staff the Inyo, Humboldt-Toiyabe, and Sierra National Forest lands in the Eastern Sierra with five Trail Ambassadors this season. In addition to myself and Lindsay Butcher, we are going to be able to hire three additional staff members to provide…

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Groundwater Pumping at Owens Lake by LADWP Comments

LADWP is attempting to increase its extraction of water supplies from the Owens Valley by developing a program of consumptive groundwater use from the Owens Lakebed. We are not in agreement that groundwater pumping from beneath Owens Lake can be done in an environmentally sustainable manner, even for a limited period of time. LADWP has improperly piecemealed review of the incremental steps it is taking to achieve increased water withdrawals from the Owens Valley. It has done so without adequate disclosure or analysis of the cumulative and adverse impacts, both past and future, of LADWP’s extractions, the interactive role of…

Conglomerate Mesa Virtual Backgrounds

Show your support with Conglomerate Mesa virtual Backgrounds You can show your support for Conglomerate Mesa with these Virtual backgrounds. And you can change your profile photo so that when your camera is off, everyone can still see that you support the protection of Conglomerate Mesa. Right-click and select, “Save image as,” to download the background or profile photo. Virtual backgrounds: Applying your virtual background Profile Photos:

Support the Trail Ambassadors in 2021

Support the Trail Ambassadors in 2021 We are committed to making 2021 a brighter year for our public lands. And one thing you can count on in these uncertain times is Friends of the Inyo doing stewardship work on the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. If you make a donation, a board member will match the first $10,000 in donations to fund our Trail Ambassador Program. Help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to help fund our work in 2021. Make a donation online. Read our open letter and learn about our plans for this upcoming Stewardship Season: Sincerely,…

ACTION ALERT: K2 Gold and Mojave Precious Metals Town Hall

ACTION ALERT: K2 Gold and Mojave Precious Metals Town Hall Happening Wednesday, March 24th at 6:00 PM An opportunity to share your support for protecting Conglomerate Mesa with K2 Gold Questions and Mojave Precious Metals.  K2 Gold and their subsidiary, Mojave Precious Metals, are hosting a virtual town hall Wednesday, March 24th, at 6 PM. We must rise up and stand together to protect Conglomerate Mesa. Now is the time to let K2 Gold know that mining at Conglomerate Mesa is not welcome! K2 is proposing to open up a wild and remote part of the west Mojave desert on…

Doris the Water Molecule, a free coloring book!

Doris the Water Molecule, a free coloring book! In partnership between Friends of the Inyo, Mono County Libraries Makerspace, and the River Network, 2020 Trail Ambassador Julia Tawney created a “do-it-yourself” coloring storybook exploring the Owens River Headwaters. In response to the pandemic, Mono County Libraries Makerspace is offering free maker kits “to-go” at its 6 branches, with take-home art activities for all ages to learn new skills and engage with the natural world. Download the free coloring book by clicking this link.

Winter recreation survey at Rock Creek 

Update: Winter recreation survey at Rock Creek  For the past few months Friends of the Inyo has been collecting winter recreation data at Rock Creek Sno-Park. Data collection will conclude March 28th and we will provide a final report to Winter Wildlands Alliance and the Inyo National Forest. The data collected will help FOI make informed comments on the Inyo National Forest’s Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) planning process which is set to kick off next year. If you would like to learn more about the OSV planning by the Inyo National Forest, you can find more information here. This season was…

The Juniper Newsletter March 2021

This issue of the Juniper is packed full of virtual events that we’ll be hosting this month and next. From our campaign to protect Conglomerate Mesa, to our Stewardship work in Death Valley National Park, to our virtual 2021 Owens Lake Bird Festival, there is something for everyone to be excited about. We hope you’ll sign up and join us at any or all of our virtual events! In this issue, you’ll also find an update on our snow-user surveying work written by Trail Ambassador Lindsay. We also share with you an article in the LA Times covering the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Paiute tribe’s continued…

Friends of the Inyo Commends Decision to Protect the DRECP

Friends of the Inyo Commends Decision to Protect the DRECP [Press Release on DRECP] Friends of the Inyo Commends Biden Administration’s Decision to Protect the DRECP, California Desert National Conservation Lands In an announcement today, the Department of the Interior says it would put a stop to efforts by the previous administration to reopen the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Proposed changes would have rolled back key conservation protections, putting 2.2 million acres set aside for conservation at risk. The following is a statement from Jora Fogg, Policy Director, Friends of the Inyo in response to this announcement: “Friends…

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