18 Nov: Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Adventure, Activism and Entertainment This Week!

December 3, 4 and 9, Friends of the Inyo hosts The Wild & Scenic Film Festival for the fourth year running! We’re bringing three evenings of films focusing on outdoor exploration and environmental activism to the Eastern Sierra, plus great raffle prizes (raffle entry included with your ticket), food and drink. Take advantage of our special membership offer and go to the festival for FREE: Renew or join before December 3 and get FREE tickets to the film festival! You’ll get 1 ticket per $35 donation; two tickets per $50 donation; and an all-festival pass for two per donation of…

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22 Oct: Collaboration at Coyote Flat

The Coyote Flat area just up the mountains from Bishop is one of the most phenomenally magnificent areas that one can drive right up to. With excellent spring wildflower displays and striking fall colors against the sage and piñon pine, this has been a popular destination for both motorized and non-motorized recreation for decades. Relictual mining sites and roads are somewhat noticeable, but overall the area is in relatively pristine condition. This past Saturday I went up with the Eastern Sierra 4-wheel Drive Club and the US Forest Service to place some carsonite signs; we put to bed some older…

19 Oct: Job Announcement: Finance Manager

Friends of the Inyo Bookkeeper/Finance Manager   Overview – The Finance Manager is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of Friends of the Inyo. Responsibilities include billing, taxes, contract management, investment management, accounting, payroll and benefit administration             Much of this work is currently conducted in cooperation with FOI’s Office Manager. As described, the Finance Manager is a part time position with an approximate weekly commitment 20 hrs/wk to 32 hrs/wk. Please submit resume and professional references to Stacy Corless via email at             Job Duties by Area: Financial – Maintain and use an accounting system (currently Quickbooks for…

06 Oct: Successful National Public Lands Day Stewardship: Owens River Headwaters Wilderness

Another successful National Public Lands Day under our belt here at FOI! We got good work done blocking off motorized paths into new wilderness areas by Mammoth Mountain, painted lots of tables, and cleaned up the Glass Creek Meadow trailhead. A phenomenal Member Rendezvous Party at the Obsidian Flat Group campground followed the workday, thanks everyone for coming out; it was a nice relaxing evening with some great music by our talented members.    My group for the workday obliterated something like 7 campfire rings (one of which was the size of a bathtub!), and brought in and delineated the…

Bodie Flowers BLM

15 Aug: Bodie Hills: America’s Next National Monument?

Bodie Hills: America’s Next National Monument? The beauty of the Bodie Hills was not lost on LA Times writer/videographer Tim Shisler as he explored the area for a story on potential new National Monuments in California. Read the story and watch the video. If you are interested in learning more about the Bodie Hills, read about the important Wilderness Study Areas there, and head over to the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership website at, to find out how you can help preserve this special place!

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

Coming in from Aurora Canyon Rd

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: