06 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…


09 Oct: Fall Colors of the Bodie Hills

Saturday, October 9th at 9 a.m. The Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership and Friends of the Inyo will lead a fall colors tour in the northern portion of the Bodie Hills on Oct 9. RSVP in advance is required. The outing will be primarily a driving tour with several stops with walking options to various aspen groves. Photography is encouraged and the trip leader will be pointing out birds and other wildlife along the way. We will meet at the Bridgeport Ranger District station for carpooling and parking at 9 a.m. We will travel up the Masonic road, stop at the…

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25 Sep: National Public Lands Day 2021

Join the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group,  Bureau of Land Management,  Friends of the Inyo, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on September 25, at 8:30 a.m., for a Public Lands Day event! We will be kicking off the busy fall season in the Alabama Hills (the time of year when these public lands receive the most visitors after the weather has cooled) by getting our hands dirty! We will be cleaning out fire pits, and helping the Bureau of Land Management put in the new designated camping site signs. It will be a…

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24 Sep: Jeffrey Pine Trees Interpretive Hike in Lone Pine with Kayla Browne – 9/24/2021

Join Kayla on this out and back hike starting at the Meysan Lake trailhead and joining the Mt. Whitney National Recreation Trail. The hike will head uphill following Lone Pine Creek where we will learn about the gentle giant known as the Jeffrey Pine. Where: Whitney Portal  (Meysan Lake Trailhead) When: start 9:00am (roughly 1.5 hrs) The Hike: 2.4 mi / Elevation: 325 ft gain, starting at 7,979′ This hike is limited to 12 participants, so RSVP today! About Kayla: After experiencing the beauty of the Eastern Sierra for the first time thru-hiking in 2017, Kayla knew she needed to…


18 Sep: Bridgeport Trails Day

  Celebrate the end of summer at the Fourth Annual Bridgeport Trails Day! Join us and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to get out and give back to the places you love to enjoy. Meet at the Virginia Lakes Trail head parking lot at 8:30am on Saturday, September 18th for a fun morning of trail work and lakeshore clean-up. Bring sunscreen, closed-toed shoes, hat, and water and snacks for a morning of work. Social distancing and mask wearing will be required; be sure to bring a mask! We’ll provide the gloves, trash-grabbers, and trash bags. We will be capping this event…

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In this issue, read about the history of the L.A./Eastern Sierra Water Wars, and how the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition is working to achieve equitable water sharing in the Eastern Sierra, in a column submitted by Friends of the Inyo Executive Director Wendy Schneider, and originally published earlier this month in the Walking Water ( e-newsletter and blog.


17 Sep: Beavers and Meadows in the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Hike in Bridgeport with Lily Emerson – 9/17/2021

Join Lily on a nice walk in the woods along the Green Creek Trail up to an area of beaver activity. We will discuss the roles beavers play in an ecosystem, how their behavior contributes to mountain meadows, and a brief history of beavers in the Sierra. Where: Green Creek Trailhead (outside of Bridgeport) When: start 10:00am (roughly 2 hrs) The Hike: 2 mi / Elevation: 100 ft gain, starting at 8,000′ This event is now full, please e-mail to be added to the waitlist. About Lily: Lily grew up in the rainy Pacific Northwest, learning to enjoy the many wonders…

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17 Sep: Whether it’s at the edge of the continent or inland, life’s a “playa.”

Inland or not, a “playa” needs two things: water and sand. National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 through October 15. Friends of the Inyo would like to celebrate with our community by sharing the meanings of just a few Spanish-language words that have made their way into English. Playa is one such word. In Spanish, it usually means beach. But according to the Royal Spanish Academy’s website,, in some South American countries, playa can also mean a flat, wide and clear space intended for specific uses in towns and large-area industries: e.g., playa de estacionamiento means…

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15 Sep: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Learning Nature and Conservation Words in Spanish that Have Made their Way into the English Language!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 through October 15. Friends of the Inyo would like to celebrate with our community by sharing the meanings of just a few Spanish-language words that have made their way into English. We begin with a word that defines the place we call home: Sierra. In Spanish it means both “saw” and “mountain range,” most likely because the peaks of a mountain range resemble the teeth on a saw blade. It is easy to see the relation between sierra and the English word serrated, which means notched or…


14 Sep: Forest Service Ending Regional Closure Order Two Days Early; Five Forests (NOT Inyo Nat’l. Forest) to Remain Closed Under Local Orders

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17. However, forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on September 22nd on the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California due to local weather and fire factors, as well as a temporary strain on firefighting resources supporting large fires in other areas of the state.