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25 May: Memorial Day 2012 Trail Conditions

THIS JUST IN! The following Conditions Reports are from FOI’s Wilderness Steward., Deb Bayle. A longtime Wilderness Ranger, Deb is working this summer, along with fellow Steward, Michael Rodman, to provide friendly faces in the Wilderness Areas (Ansel Adams, John Muir, Owens River Headwaters, and Hoover) on the North Zone of the Inyo National Forest.  Funded through a number of sources, including Mono County, Columbia and the National Forest Foundation, Friends of the Inyo’s Wildenress Steward program, in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, seeks to ensure our local Wilderness Areas enjoy the benefits of professional, seasoned Stewards walking and…

27 Jul: Mammoth Lakes Basin Programs through October 2

Come have fun and learn about the beautiful Mammoth Lakes Basin with Friends of the Inyo steward Carole Lester! Pictured below, she talks about wildflowers on one of the summer’s popular wildflower hikes. In partnership with the Inyo National Forest, the following programs are running through October 2. Geology Tours Learn about why all the trees at Horseshoe Lake are dead and many other amazing facts on one of these half mile walks to McLeod Lake. When: Saturdays & Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Where: McLeod Lake Trailhead at Horseshoe Lake Consolidated Mine Tours Join Carole on one of these one-hour tours…

29 Jun: Rustic Pathways and FOI get out to the Bodie Hills

FOI has teamed up with Rustic Pathways this summer for four trips themed around the Mono Basin. High School age kids come from all over the U.S. and get community service hours for stewardship work, and also get to hike and explore. Our day of stewardship with the kids started off pulling white sweet clover, a particularly pernicious invasive plant, at the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, a State Park threatened to be closed. We made a solid dent along the David Gaines memorial boardwalk, and more groups will be coming out throughout the summer to knock the population back…

19 May: LV High School Students Learn About Natural History

Lee Vining High has adopted some of Bridgeport Academy’s practices since the recent merge last year. One of which is an “interim Period” of about four weeks after the students have completed the majority of their coursework for the year. The students have the opportunity to choose between courses such as: industrial arts, drama, and natural history. Each are a great opportunity for students to experience and try out something they may want to do in their futures; or just have a good time with classmates and learn things that are becoming more and more non-traditional in the classroom these…

28 Mar: Cesar Chavez Day March 31st

Bishop AmeriCorps members serving at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust and Friends of the Inyo are volunteering at the non-profit Sierra Bounty Produce Collective in honor of César Chávez Day, March 31. AmeriCorps members Hillary Behr and Ian Bell are helping out at Sierra Bounty Produce Collective, an organization dedicated to promoting grassroots efforts to enhance the ecological, social, and economic sustainability of local agriculture in the Eastern Sierra of California. They will be working at Apple Hill Ranch near Wilkerson. César Chávez was a farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist. César Chávez day is celebrated in California…

08 Feb: New FOI videos!

We’ve updated our Youtube page with some great new videos. We have a finalized version of our wonderful FOI Introductory video: http://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoftheinyo#p/a/u/2/OMQRZuTBCZo . This has some stunning footage of Sierra landscapes, animals, and plants.  We also have a great short video on the Bodie Hills: http://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoftheinyo#p/a/u/0/inEDsOBkkbM . This video is a great overview of the Bodies and offers some breathtaking landscape shots. Finally, we’ve got a video recapping last month’s Joshua Flat exploration hike into the Inyo Mountains: http://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoftheinyo#p/a/u/1/h6X5AzxRI0Y . Be sure to be there next time, when we journey up Chocolate Mountain on February 20th. Thanks all. Happy viewing!

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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…

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…

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