05 Feb: Bodie Hills Winter Outing

Join us for a fun outing as we explore the Bodie Hills. Bring your skis or snowshoes (or borrow ours) for a fun day of trekking. All ages and skill levels are welcome. We will decide as a group how far to go and we may split up depending on how far you want to go. The day begins with breakfast at the Virginia Creek Settlement (if possible under Mono county public health guidance,) and we will head off to a trailhead for snowshoeing and cross country skiing with discussions about preservation of the beautiful Bodie Hills. You can read…


04 Jan: Friends of the Inyo & Winter Wildlands Alliance Winter Data Collection Returns!

    With the New Year upon us, and winter raging out here in the Eastern Sierra, we are excited to do another season of Winter Recreation User Data surveys! In partnership with, and thanks to the generous support of Winter Wildlands Alliance, we will be in Rock Creek Canyon (weekends) and at Obsidian Dome (two weekdays per week), taking snow depth, tallying user numbers and type (walking, skiing, snowmobiling, etc…), and acting as an informational resource for users from January 8 to March 31. This data will help our Policy Team as they get ready to begin working on…

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04 Jan: Friends of the Inyo to Present in Upcoming GreenLatinos Virtual Summit Jan. 18 – 20!

In just two weeks, starting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the GreenLatinos 2021-2022 Winter National Summit will virtually bring together hundreds of the top national Latino environmental and conservation champions from across the country for relationship building, development of partnerships and collaborations, education, and professional training. The summit will provide the tools necessary to understand, message and champion environmental issues and policies that impact Latino communities, while developing, encouraging, engaging, and supporting grassroots activists, constituencies, elected and appointed officials, and environmental leaders. There will be three days of professional and social events: On January 18, 19 & 20, the summit will…


17 Dec: FOI is on Board with CNRA’s Pathways to 30×30 Draft Report

The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has released the “Draft Pathways to 30×30 Report,” a commitment to protect 30% of our state’s land and waters by 2030 to counter catastrophic biodiversity loss and mitigate the impacts of climate change.  Friends of the Inyo’s goals align with those outlined in this report, and we are actively working to achieve those goals in our campaigns for Conglomerate Mesa and the Bodie Hills. We are sharing a Dec. 16 media release from a coalition of conservation partners statewide applauding the CNRA’s draft report.

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16 Dec: Matching Grant Alert: Double the Impact of your Year-End Giving to Friends of the Inyo!

Two “Donor Angels” have provided Friends of the Inyo with a matching gift totaling $11,500. Any donations received during our 2021 Year-End Appeal up to that amount are automatically doubled. Multiply your impact in helping us protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra by giving to our year-end appeal! Click here to donate! Click on the image to read our accomplishments in 2021 and to learn about how you can make a difference.

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16 Dec: Read this EXTRA Year-End Issue of “Every Last Drop,” the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition’s newsletter

We thought it proper to end the launch year of Every Last Drop with an article that has received much attention. It was written by Richard M. Frank, Professor of Environmental Practice and Director of the California Environmental Law & Policy Center at the U.C. Davis School of Law, and looks at how LADWP’s unilateral revocation of water allocation to Mono County’s farmers and ranchers triggered a California Environmental Quality Act challenge in the courts. It was published as a letter to the editor in the Mammoth Times at the end of November.


09 Dec: Friends of the Inyo’s December 2021 E-Newsletter “The Juniper” is here!

Well, together we have gotten through another year of a worldwide pandemic, global warming, wildfires, drought, inflation and many other challenges…but many opportunities as well, including a brand-new job opening to help further the work of the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, of which FOI is a leading member. Yes, Friends of the Inyo is growing: Consider joining our team! Or just read about all our goings on in this issue of The Juniper E-Newsletter.

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30 Nov: It’s #GivingTuesday! Listen to FOI’s Lou Medina talk to KMMT’s John DeMaria About How to Give to #FriendsoftheInyo

You Have Until Midnight to Give to #FriendsoftheInyo this #GivingTuesday! In case you missed Friends of the Inyo Communications Director Lou Medina’s interview with KMMT host John DeMaria this Giving Tuesday morning, Nov. 30, click on the audio file link in this blog post to listen to the recording. You will learn a little bit of the history of Giving Tuesday, why it’s important, how it benefits both nonprofits AND donors, why Friends of the Inyo participates, what some of our organization’s greatest needs are at the moment, how to give, and more! Have a listen, then go to the…