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…


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…


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!


16 Sep: Free Online Evening Event Oct. 4: ‘Island in the Sky’ – Conglomerate Mesa Short Documentary + Panel Discussion

We invite you to join Friends of the Inyo and the Conglomerate Mesa Coalition for a FREE virtual evening presentation of Island in the Sky, a short documentary film followed by a panel discussion. This film looks at the impacts of gold mining on Conglomerate Mesa and takes a look at K2 Gold’s most recent proposal. A panel discussion will follow. Our Panelists are: Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe Mike Prather, Lone Pine resident. Sierra Club desert activist, Audubon Owens Lake wildlife advocate. Wendy Schneider, Executive Director, Friends of the Inyo Kris Hohag, Organizer,…


13 Sep: Action Alert: Proposed Action for Over-Snow Vehicle Use scoping comment period now open through Oct. 20! Public Meetings Sept. 20 & 21!

In a Sept. 6 News Release, the Inyo National Forest announced the beginning of a 45-day public scoping comment period (through October 20) for an Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation Environmental Assessment.  Two public meetings are happening: online on Sept. 20, and live at Mammoth Lakes Community Center on Sept. 21. Please attend, comment, and know that comments received by the INF by Oct. 15, will be especially useful in the preparation of the planned environmental assessment.

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06 Sep: National Public Lands Day Volunteer Stewardship Event: Golden Trout Lakes Trail @ Onion Valley

In honor of National Public Lands Day: come join Friends of the Inyo and the Inyo National Forest for some good ol’ fashioned trail work on the Golden Trout Lakes Trail. Where: We will be meeting at the Onion Valley campground parking lot and working on the Golden Trout Lakes Trail When: Saturday, September 23rd at 9 am till noonish What: We will be performing much needed trail work from the trailhead and beyond! This may include: re-benching trail tread, moving large rocks, clearing drainage, disguising social trails, and much more…. Please bring water, snacks, sun-pro, eye-pro, and durable shoes…