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15 Apr: Memorial for Andrea Lawrence Sunday, April 19

Andrea was a champion in every sense; a leader, an inspiration and a friend to all in the conservation movement in the Eastern Sierra and far beyond. We will miss her! Please join us at a memorial this Sunday.   Memorial gatheringIn tribute to Andrea Mead Lawrence1932 – 2009 Sunday, April 19, 2009 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Mountainside Conference CenterMammoth Mountain Ski Area Main LodgeMammoth Lakes, California 5:30 Doors open 6:00 Program begins promptly Designated speakersFilm profile of Andrea by Olympic historian Bud Greenspan 8:00 Appetizers, beverages, Andrea’s favorite carrot cake, good company, and a chance to share stories…

25 Mar: Wilderness Bill Passes

More than 400,000 acres of pristine, beautiful Eastern Sierra lands are now protected as wilderness. Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 146, which included the Omnibus Public Lands bill that our local Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act was part of. The bill–the largest conservation effort put before Congress in 25 years–is now on its way to President Obama’s desk. In Mono and Inyo Counties, new wilderness areas range from the Hoover, near Sonora Pass, to the White Mountains and the eastern escarpment of the Sierra. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard, wrote letters and attended…

23 Mar: Travel Management Comments Due March 31

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Inyo National Forest’s Travel Management Plan are due Tuesday, March 31. Friends of the Inyo has been very involved in the planning process, and as part of the Collaborative Alternative Team (made up of diverse community members and stakeholders) supports Alternative 6 in the DEIS. View maps, learn more about the alternatives and the process at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/projects/ohvroute5.shtml. Send comments to comments-pacificsouthwest-inyo@fs.fed.us. We encourage you to support Alternative 6, the Collaborative Alternative that represents community input and team effort.   The following op-ed appeared in the March 19 edition of the Inyo…

09 Feb: Wilderness Progress

The Omnibus Public Lands Package, which includes the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act, has passed the Senate. Now it will be heard in the House of Representatives Wednesday, February 11. Please support the bill by asking your Representative to vote for the bill with no amendments. Go to house.gov to get your Representative’s phone number and email. Read on for an editorial from the Los Angeles Times urging lawmakers to pass this historic legislation. From the Los Angeles Times Editorial A win for wilderness The Senate has passed a public lands bill that will benefit California,…

03 Feb: 2009 Chocolate Peak Winter Expedition Successful!

Braving sunny wind-swept skies, temps hovering in the 50’s, and the possibility of missing the Superbowl, we managed once again to summit Chocolate Peak, in the Piper Mountains, on the FOI 2009 Chocolate Peak in Winter Expedition. Conditions made for easy walking – and challenging snowshoeing… Thanks whoever brought the chocolate torte!  

12 Jan: Sentate Boosts Wilderness Protection Across US

Monday, January 12, 2009By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON – In a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness. Majority Democrats assembled more than enough votes to overcome GOP stalling tactics in an early showdown for the new Congress. Republicans complained that Democrats did not allow amendments on the massive bill, which calls for the largest expansion of wilderness protection in 25 years. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Democrats said the bill — a holdover from…

09 Jan: Forest Route Inventory

Inyo National Forest Route Inventory Defining the Routes Less Graveled On a cold February day in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Executive Order 11644 – Use of Off-Road Vehciles on the Publc Lands “to establish policies and provide for procedures that will ensure that the use of off-road vehicles on public lands will be controlled and directed so as to protect the resources of those lands, to promote the safety of all users of those lands, and to minimize conflicts among the various uses of those lands.” Above all, this Executive Order directed all federal land management agencies to designate “specific…

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02 Sep: Timberline Resources Drilling NEPA | Coalition Comments

The CWC strongly opposes the proposed drilling because it will damage the wild character of the Malpais Mesa Proposed Wilderness Additions. CWC staff and volunteers who have visited the region consider the Malpais Mesa Proposed Wilderness Additions to be both an ecological and scenic jewel. The central feature of the proposed additions is Conglomerate Mesa, a 7,700-foot structure topped with spectacular, jagged conglomerate rock. The topography gradually drops to 3,800 feet west of the mesa. The western slope includes rolling, laminated badlands. East of the mesa, the elevation drop is precipitous, ending in flat lands at approximately 5,700 feet. From…

25 Apr: Pulling Weeds

What is a weed? That’s the question I asked my group of high school students as we started a five day service learning program out at Eureka Dunes. Our work that week ranged from restoring illegal roads, helping to tune a barbed wire fence, campsite maintenance, and, yes, pulling weeds. I often wonder what the kids are expecting when they come on these trips. I the case of these kids, had they signed up only to fulfill a school requirement? Do the work, gimme my hours, thank you very much? The work done is what I think of as the…