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Changes to Desert Plan by Trump administration threaten California Desert

Changes to Desert Plan by Trump administration threaten California Desert Proposed rollbacks to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan threaten 2.2 million acres of precious California Desert lands “The Trump Administration continues its assault on public lands with an eleventh-hour attempt to gut the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). These egregious proposed changes to a balanced and comprehensive desert plan that was nearly ten years in the making will strip meaningful protections for treasured places like Panamint Valley and Conglomerate Mesa. These and many other special places in the desert were set aside for conservation and recreation because of…

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Action Alert: Whitebark Pine listing under Endangered Species Act

Action Alert: Whitebark Pine listing under Endangered Species Act Submit your comments to encourage USFWS to list the whitebark pine and include the proposed critical habitat.   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is considering listing the whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and has opened a 60-day public comment period which closes on February 1, 2021.  The whitebark pine is an iconic conifer species of the Eastern Sierra occurring at high-elevation sites, generally between 9,000 and 12,100 feet. It is a special status species for the Inyo National Forest and there…

Conglomerate Mesa Newsletter Volume 6

In this newsletter, you’ll learn about the upcoming project timeline, action you can take, insights from a K2 Gold investors meeting, and findings from a wildlife biologist, Rachel Woodard! As we fight to protect Conglomerate Mesa, we must remember why we fight this fight. We fight to show solidarity with the Tribal Nations who have long protected Conglomerate Mesa. We fight for social justice. We fight for wildlife, the Joshua Trees and Inyo Rock Daisies that can’t speak for themselves. Together, we will send K2 Gold home and protect Conglomerate Mesa. Thank you for tuning in to Vol. 6 of the Conglomerate Mesa Newsletter.

Support Friends of the Inyo in 2021

Support Friends of the Inyo in 2021 At the end of very year, we send out a letter summing up all of the work that we were able to do in the past year. 2020 presented some unprecedented challenges for us, but because of the generous support of all of our supporters, we were still able to have an incredibly successful year. Continue scrolling to read our letter. To make a donation to support our programs in 2021, click here to make a donation online.    

The Juniper Newsletter December 2020

In this issue of the Juniper you will read writing from our Backcountry Ranger intern and find an update on the fight to win federal recognition for the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe. You’ll also have the opportunity to watch a video made by our friends at EcoFlight on Conglomerate Mesa, as well as read our latest issue of the Jeffrey Pine Journal.

Friends of the Inyo’s 2020 Backcountry Ranger Intern for the US Forest Service

Friends of the Inyo’s 2020 Backcountry Ranger Intern for the US Forest Service Each year Friends of the Inyo funds an intern for the Sierra National Forest with a generous donation from Rick Kattelmann and Sally Gaines. We are proud of the work and perspectives gained by David Carpenter in 2020 through his participation in the program. Read more about David and his experience with the Sierra National Forest below: Reflections on 2 Months in the High Sierra I always was a man of the wilderness. I was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up not far away in Golden,…

Solitude Canyon | Revised Proposed Action

Solitude Canyon | Revised Proposed Action On November 8, 2020 the Inyo National Forest released a Revised Proposed Action for the project.  The Forest will bring forward the Lakes Basin portion of the proposal, while removing the Solitude Canyon trail from consideration. The District Ranger cited concerns by State agencies and Forest Service specialists about Mule Deer, as well as issues raised by the public. Over 2,000 public comments were received on the proposal. A final decision memo regarding the remaining portion of trail near Lake Mary will be released soon.

Socially Distant Clean Up Day in Bishop with Bishop Area Climbers Coalition

Friends of the Inyo was onsite to lend trash bags and tools for a socially distanced volunteer clean up day organized by the Bishop Area Climbers Coalition. Click here to see beautiful pictures by Gayla Wolf featured in The Sheet on November 21st. Thank you again to the Bishop Area Climbers Coalition for inviting us to take part in their creative and fun clean up event.

New Legislation Seeks Federal Recognition for the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe

New Legislation Seeks Federal Recognition for the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe This Autumn, Congressman Paul Cook introduced legislation, H.R.8208, to recognize the tribal sovereignty of the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a tribe. In 2019, Friends of the Inyo submitted a letter of support urging him to move legislation forward recognizing the identity and history of his constituents. Cook’s press release outlines the decades-long struggle to gain recognition from the federal government. Rep. Cook said, “Federal recognition of the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe is long overdue, and it’s time we honor their tireless efforts in preserving their culture and history. I commend the…

The Juniper Newsletter November 2020

In this issue of the Juniper you will find a recap of the “Stand for the Land” rally to protect Conglomerate Mesa. Several FOI Staff and Board were there and proudly stood with local environmental and indigenous rights activists to show our support. You will also find a recap of recent work done in Death Valley National Park, and trash picked up during the Eastside Facelift. Lastly, you have the opportunity to attend a virtual Open House hosted by Premium Energy, the company proposing a potentially damaging pumped storage project in Owens Valley. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of…

EcoFlight over Conglomerate Mesa

Take an EcoFlight Over Conglomerate Mesa Join us on a guided flight over Conglomerate Mesa with Desert Lands Organizer Bryan Hatchell in this video created by our partners at EcoFlight. View the Mesa from a whole new perspective and learn about the area’s precious values and the threats they are facing from mining giant K2 Gold and their “Mojave Project.” Join us in fighting for the protection of Conglomerate Mesa. EcoFlight educates and advocates for the protection of remaining wild lands and wildlife habitat using small aircraft. The aerial perspective and our educational programs encourage an environmental stewardship ethic among citizens…

Effacing Vehicle Tracks in Death Valley National Park

Effacing Vehicle Tracks in Death Valley National Park The varied desert environments of Death Valley are among the harshest on earth. Every climatological feature or event happens in extreme fashion. As such, every landscape, formed over millennia by these weathering forces, is delicate. when something disrupts it, it is unlikely that balance will naturally be restored for many moons. So when a vehicle drives off a designated road or route (a big no-no in the National Park), it leaves a scar that is going to be there a while and serves as an implicit invitation to others to join in…

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