03 Aug: Bodie Peak–July 10, 2010

July 10th Margy Verba and Jack Shipley lead a wonderful hike to Bodie Peak with about 15 participants. Flowers were abunduant. The voluminous clouds created a great back drop and spared us the water drops. The area is so incredibly rich with wildlife. A few antelope were seen as well as all the small critters. The hills were still green two weeks later when we returned to traverse the Dry Lakes Plateau and hike up Arastra Creek. The Bodie Hills are absolutely worth preserving! Sydney Quinn

09 May: Springtime Skiing in the Bodie Hills

Potato Peak is kind of a cowpie shaped mountain in the northern end of the Bodie Hills, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). As part of a project FOI has currently embarked upon, which includes inventorying motorized routes in BLM Wilderness Study Areas (part of the National Landscape Conservation System), I drove east out of Bridgeport on the Aurora Canyon road up to a junction that turns down toward Bodie State Park. Excellent scenery of the Bridgeport Valley, the Eastern Sierra, and down into the Bodie Basin is provided just at the top of the road here. Not…

07 May: Desert Alive in the Inyo Mountains – 5 May 2010

Yesterday, FOI Conservation Associate Andrew Schurr, Inyo National Forest Geologist Margie DeRose and I spent the day reviewing old mine shaft & adit sites along the Mazourka Canyon corridor in the Inyo Mountains that FOI’s Stewardship Crew will be fencing this season as part of an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act contract. The fencing is intended to ensure folks don’t stumble or drive into these roadside shafts while staring at red-tail hawks, limestone cliffs or GPS units. While the mines, old masonry walls and explosive views across the Owens Valley from the Inyos were great, Mother Nature’s knock out display…

03 May: Mt. Andrea Lawrence Honors Local Leader & Conservationist

Boxer, McKeon Introduce Legislation to Name Mono County Mountain Peak for Conservationist Andrea Lawrence   Lawrence, Who Was an Olympic Skier, Former County Supervisor, Passed Away Last Year Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) today introduced legislation to name a peak in Mono County “Mt. Andrea Lawrence,” in memory of the late Andrea Lawrence – a conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors. Senator Boxer said, “Andrea Lawrence’s life centered on mountains, first as a talented Olympic skier and then as a dedicated…

27 Apr: Bodie Hills in Sunset Magazine

One of the West’s most amazing places is in our backyard. The Bodie Hills are a national treasure–read Sunset editor Pete Fish’s take on the newly proposed national monuments: http://www.sunset.com/travel/outdoor-adventure/proposed-national-monuments-00418000067445/page2.html

01 Apr: OHV Grant Funding Sought

Friends of the Inyo is seeking state funding for restoration and enhancement of off-highway vehicle recreation areas across the Inyo National Forest. Friends of the Inyo recently submitted a preliminary application to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of California State Parks for the 2010 grant cycle. This potential funding would be used to support work on the Inyo National Forest by professional stewardship crews and volunteers. The Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program of the OHMVR Division provides for well managed off-highway vehicle recreation in the State of California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies, state…

31 Dec: 2010 Reasons to support Friends of the Inyo Today

This New Year’s Eve, Friends of the Inyo took some time to reflect on the past 12 months’ accomplishments. What they found added up to 2,010 reasons to support the local non-profit conservation organization. Please consider a resolution that’s good for the places you love: joining or volunteering for this local non-profit next year! 722 Members of Friends of the Inyo. The financial support and involvement of our wonderful members make all these impressive statistics possible694 Volunteers on stewardship projects on the Inyo National Forest, generating the equivalent of $110,747 worth of work400 Acres of wetlands and endangered Owens Vally…

27 Jun: Golden Trout trip with Backcountry Horsemen

In early June we did a great trip down in the Golden Trout Wilderness, at the invitation of the Backcountry Horsemen and the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and with the Inyo National Forest. The adventure was in the middle of our gloomy June so we had great, cool, working conditions and even a bit of snow. After negotiating the lengthy drive from Bishop to the Black Rock Trailhead, near Kennedy Meadows we spent a night at the trailhead and then made the trek to Jordan Hot Springs. Some thirteen of us spent the next three days clearing MANY fallen trees…

03 Jun: Hike America’s Newest Wilderness!

Join Friends of the Inyo for weekend hikes into newly designated wilderness areas. Be sure to bring lunch, sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing for an all-day adventure. Email stacy@friendsoftheinyo.org for more information, or call (760) 873-6500, and check back here for meeting places, maps and hike details. July 4 Yost Creek to Glass Creek MeadowCelebrate the freedom of the wilderness on a strenuous shuttle hike into the Owens Headwaters Wilderness. Leaving from the Fern Lake trailhead in June Lake, we’ll climb to Yost Meadows and then descend cross-country to Glass Creek Meadow, enjoying wildflower displays all the way. Hike leader:Paul McFarland…