19 May: LV High School Students Learn About Natural History

Lee Vining High has adopted some of Bridgeport Academy’s practices since the recent merge last year. One of which is an “interim Period” of about four weeks after the students have completed the majority of their coursework for the year. The students have the opportunity to choose between courses such as: industrial arts, drama, and natural history. Each are a great opportunity for students to experience and try out something they may want to do in their futures; or just have a good time with classmates and learn things that are becoming more and more non-traditional in the classroom these…

28 Mar: Cesar Chavez Day March 31st

Bishop AmeriCorps members serving at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust and Friends of the Inyo are volunteering at the non-profit Sierra Bounty Produce Collective in honor of César Chávez Day, March 31. AmeriCorps members Hillary Behr and Ian Bell are helping out at Sierra Bounty Produce Collective, an organization dedicated to promoting grassroots efforts to enhance the ecological, social, and economic sustainability of local agriculture in the Eastern Sierra of California. They will be working at Apple Hill Ranch near Wilkerson. César Chávez was a farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist. César Chávez day is celebrated in California…

08 Feb: New FOI videos!

We’ve updated our Youtube page with some great new videos. We have a finalized version of our wonderful FOI Introductory video: http://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoftheinyo#p/a/u/2/OMQRZuTBCZo . This has some stunning footage of Sierra landscapes, animals, and plants.  We also have a great short video on the Bodie Hills: http://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoftheinyo#p/a/u/0/inEDsOBkkbM . This video is a great overview of the Bodies and offers some breathtaking landscape shots. Finally, we’ve got a video recapping last month’s Joshua Flat exploration hike into the Inyo Mountains: http://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoftheinyo#p/a/u/1/h6X5AzxRI0Y . Be sure to be there next time, when we journey up Chocolate Mountain on February 20th. Thanks all. Happy viewing!

01 Feb: Bodie Hills Mono County Meeting

Preserve the Bodie Hills Meeting More Precious than Gold On February 15, 1:00 pm – the Mono County Board of Supervisors will hear Cougar Gold present its case to mine the Bodie Hills. Please send an email or write your supervisor. Please attend the meeting and speak for the protection of this Eastern Sierra natural treasure. Details on background information, talking points, and where to send comments, and carpooling are on our website http://nevada.sierraclub.org/rolgroup. More: MaryK., ROLG Conservation Chair, 760-934-0355, mkp@npgcable.com; Malcolm, ROLG Chair, 760-924-5639,wmalcolm.clark@gmail.com; Friends of the Inyo admin@friendsoftheinyo.org. ____________________________________________________________________________________

07 Dec: Juniper Ridge Shopping Day

Tuesday, December 7 is a Friends of the Inyo shopping day at Juniper Ridge! Buy wild-crafted products such as sachets, soaps and incense and Juniper Ridge matches dollar for dollar. Even if you’ve missed the FOI day, please support this company that supports defending western wilderness.

18 Nov: Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Adventure, Activism and Entertainment This Week!

December 3, 4 and 9, Friends of the Inyo hosts The Wild & Scenic Film Festival for the fourth year running! We’re bringing three evenings of films focusing on outdoor exploration and environmental activism to the Eastern Sierra, plus great raffle prizes (raffle entry included with your ticket), food and drink. Take advantage of our special membership offer and go to the festival for FREE: Renew or join before December 3 and get FREE tickets to the film festival! You’ll get 1 ticket per $35 donation; two tickets per $50 donation; and an all-festival pass for two per donation of…

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22 Oct: Collaboration at Coyote Flat

The Coyote Flat area just up the mountains from Bishop is one of the most phenomenally magnificent areas that one can drive right up to. With excellent spring wildflower displays and striking fall colors against the sage and piñon pine, this has been a popular destination for both motorized and non-motorized recreation for decades. Relictual mining sites and roads are somewhat noticeable, but overall the area is in relatively pristine condition. This past Saturday I went up with the Eastern Sierra 4-wheel Drive Club and the US Forest Service to place some carsonite signs; we put to bed some older…

19 Oct: Job Announcement: Finance Manager

Friends of the Inyo Bookkeeper/Finance Manager   Overview – The Finance Manager is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of Friends of the Inyo. Responsibilities include billing, taxes, contract management, investment management, accounting, payroll and benefit administration             Much of this work is currently conducted in cooperation with FOI’s Office Manager. As described, the Finance Manager is a part time position with an approximate weekly commitment 20 hrs/wk to 32 hrs/wk. Please submit resume and professional references to Stacy Corless via email at stacy@friendsoftheinyo.org.             Job Duties by Area: Financial – Maintain and use an accounting system (currently Quickbooks for…

06 Oct: Successful National Public Lands Day Stewardship: Owens River Headwaters Wilderness

Another successful National Public Lands Day under our belt here at FOI! We got good work done blocking off motorized paths into new wilderness areas by Mammoth Mountain, painted lots of tables, and cleaned up the Glass Creek Meadow trailhead. A phenomenal Member Rendezvous Party at the Obsidian Flat Group campground followed the workday, thanks everyone for coming out; it was a nice relaxing evening with some great music by our talented members.    My group for the workday obliterated something like 7 campfire rings (one of which was the size of a bathtub!), and brought in and delineated the…

15 Aug: Bodie Hills: America’s Next National Monument?

The beauty of the Bodie Hills was not lost on LA Times writer/videographer Tim Shisler as he explored the area for a story on potential new National Monuments in California. Read the story and watch the video. If you are interested in learning more about the Bodie Hills, read about the important Wilderness Study Areas there, and head over to the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership website at www.bodiehills.org, to find out how you can help preserve this special place!