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28 Nov: #GivingTuesday2023 is Now Live!

It’s #GivingTuesday! You can help Friends of the Inyo raise up to $91,000 thanks to a $45,500 matching gift from our generous Board of Directors that includes THE FIRST HYBRID VEHICLE IN OUR FLEET!  Look at the custom license plate in the photo below and ask yourself, “What will I give “4FOI24” (i.e., to take FOI into 2024)? Then scroll down to give! Your gift will be DOUBLED. Thank you!

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27 Nov: Keep the #GivingTuesday Momentum Going Till Dec. 31!

You can help Friends of the Inyo raise up to $91,000 thanks to a $45,500 matching gift from our generous Board of Directors that includes THE FIRST HYBRID VEHICLE IN OUR FLEET!  Look at the custom license plate in the photo below and ask yourself, “What will I give “4FOI24” (i.e., to take FOI into 2024)? Then scroll down to give! Your gift will be DOUBLED. Thank you!

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21 Nov: #GivingTuesday is coming Nov. 28 – $45,500 Match at Play! Prepare to Give Toward a Greener Future with Friends of the Inyo!

Toward a Greener Future with Friends of the Inyo! The license plate on the Toyota RAV4 AWD Hybrid in the photo reads “4FOI24” (“For Friends of the Inyo in 2024”)! It is a generous 2023 year-end gift from our Board Treasurer, Chris I. Lizza, and is valued at $35,000. With another $10,500 from our other Board Members, we now have $45,500 as a matching gift for our Year-End Fundraising Campaign. We have also taken the first step toward replacing our aging vehicles with more energy efficient, ecologically responsible ones—as befits any conservation organization. Every dollar you donate toward our $45,500…

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01 Nov: A Combined October/November Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Juniper E-Newsletter is hot off the press!

A quinceañera, a mild case of COVID, Friends of the Inyo’s partnerships and more! We have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Read all about it in the combined October/November Issue of The Juniper.

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30 Oct: Conglomerate Mesa Western Joshua Tree Survey, Oct. 21-23

Conglomerate Mesa Western Joshua Tree Survey, October 21-23, 2023 Blogpost and Photos By Jaime Lopez-Wolters, Friends of the Inyo Desert Lands Organizer Conglomerate Mesa has been under threat from mining companies looking to extract gold from its soil since the 1970s. The latest company to try its luck is Canadian firm K2 Gold, through its local subsidiary, Mojave Precious Metals (MPM). Defenders of the land have always known that the area is special, not in the least because of the thriving high-elevation Western Joshua Tree forest that it harbors. Until recently, the value of these fragile, otherworldly desert plants was…

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16 Oct: Sunday, Oct. 22 – Highway Cleanup with Keep Long Valley Green

It will be a “Sunday – Fun Day” this coming Oct. 22, for anyone who cares to join the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition and Friends of the Inyo for a highway cleanup. In order to have our beautiful Keep Long Valley Green sign on US 395 by Crowley Lake, we have to clean up the area twice a year. Therefore, before the snow flies, or at least before it sticks, join us for a volunteer trash cleanup. It’s a great way to give back! Tools, safety gear, and breakfast will be provided. Meet at the Green Church (906 Benton…

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16 Oct: 2nd Annual Online Great Basin Water Justice Summit Nov. 2 – 3

Join Friends of the Inyo, Owens Valley Indian Water Commission, Great Basin Water Network, and Eastern Sierra Land Trust, for the 2nd Annual Online Great Basin Water Justice Summit, this November 2nd and 3rd. While the in-person summmit is by invitation only for local tribal and water activists, environmentalists, and community leaders, we are pleased to once again offer the opportunity for the general public to tune in virtually for FREE. Attend one or both days as you are able. If you are unable to connect in real time, recordings of the presentations will be made available to the public…

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11 Oct: The Petal is Mightier than the Drill! The frail Inyo Rock Daisy’s New ‘Permanent Protection’ Status a Saving Grace for its Home: Conglomerate Mesa!

The California Fish and Game Commission voted today (Oct. 11, 2023) to permanently protect Inyo rock daisies as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act.“This  vote is a huge victory for these special wildflowers,” said botanist Maria Jesus, whose field surveys document the plant’s current range. “With the threat of a massive gold mine looming on the horizon, this rare daisy now has help from the state of California to prevent it from sliding into extinction.”

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11 Oct: Trail Ambassadors’ Stewardship Roundup for End of Season 2023

Wrapping up the 2023 Trail Ambassador Season: Intro by Lindsay Butcher, FOI Stewardship Director Here we are, yet again. Somehow we’ve made it to the end of another trail season, despite this year continuing to pose new and adventurous challenges throughout the passing summer months, which were particularly wet, with trails remaining inaccessible until mid-late July! Once trails were melted out, downed trees rendered them impassible. Mid season monsoons washed roads away. Luckily fires were of little consequence (knock on wood, fingers crossed, hold you breath…. don’t jinx it!) Through it all the Trail Ambassadors persevered. Here’s what the All-Star…

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18 Sep: Trout Trot 5K/10K Charity Run to Benefit Friends of the Inyo’s No Hot Creek Mine Protection Campaign!

Register today for Friends of the Inyo’s No Hot Creek Mine Trout Trot 5K/10K Fun Run! This is the second annual Trout Trot Charity Fundraiser, which began as a citizen volunteer effort in 2022 to protect Hot Creek from foreign mining interests. Now that No Hot Creek Mine and Friends of the Inyo have joined forces, this event will help raise funds for a campaign to gain PERMANENT PROTECTION for Hot Creek! This event post will take you to the registration page at NoHotCreekMine.com/trout-trot!