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Matching Grant Alert: Double the Impact of your Year-End Giving to Friends of the Inyo!

Two “Donor Angels” have provided Friends of the Inyo with a matching gift totaling $11,500. Any donations received during our 2021 Year-End Appeal up to that amount are automatically doubled. Multiply your impact in helping us protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra by giving to our year-end appeal! Click here to donate! Click on the image to read our accomplishments in 2021 and to learn about how you can make a difference.

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It’s #GivingTuesday! Listen to FOI’s Lou Medina talk to KMMT’s John DeMaria About How to Give to #FriendsoftheInyo

You Have Until Midnight to Give to #FriendsoftheInyo this #GivingTuesday! In case you missed Friends of the Inyo Communications Director Lou Medina’s interview with KMMT host John DeMaria this Giving Tuesday morning, Nov. 30, click on the audio file link in this blog post to listen to the recording. You will learn a little bit of the history of Giving Tuesday, why it’s important, how it benefits both nonprofits AND donors, why Friends of the Inyo participates, what some of our organization’s greatest needs are at the moment, how to give, and more! Have a listen, then go to the…

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Listen to FOI’s Bryan Hatchell talk to KMMT’s John DeMaria about our Upcoming Dark Desert Skies Campout Nov. 6-7 at Conglomerate Mesa

Experience Dark Desert Skies at Conglomerate Mesa with Friends of the Inyo, Nov. 6 – 7 There are just a handful of spaces left for this outing that promises to be an exceptional learning experience under new-moon skies in a non-light-polluted part of the Northern Mojave Desert on Death Valley’s doorstep. Friends of the Inyo’s Dark Desert Skies Campout at Conglomerate Mesa will happen November 6-7, the weekend when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, which means you will enjoy an extra hour of stargazing. Click on the media player button below to listen to Bryan Hatchell, FOI’s Desert…


September Stewardship Round-Up by Stewardship Director Alex Ertaud

The aspen leaves are making their annual change from green to orange/yellow/red, electrifying our Eastern Sierra landscape. Sadly, that means the all-important summer stewardship work of our Trail Ambassadors has come to an end. September marked the last month our Trail Ambassadors (TAs) were out and about on the trails of our Eastern Sierra Forest Service lands, from Lone Pine to Bridgeport (a close-to-150-mile stretch of public lands).  Here’s just a bit of what they have been up to during the past several weeks: Lily Emerson closed out the season with a super-successful cleanup at the fourth annual Bridgeport Trails…

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Listen to Friends of the Inyo’s Lou Medina tell KMMT Listeners about what’s coming up from FOI in Sept-Oct

In case you missed our Communications Director Lou Medina’s interview with KMMT FM Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) Show Host John DeMaria on September 3, please use our media player to listen to the full interview. You’ll get an update on our backcountry stewardship work done in early August in the Cottonwood Creek Wilderness; learn about volunteering events and outings coming up in September and October; find out about the upcoming issue of our Jeffrey Pine Journal celebrating FOI’s 35th Anniversary, and how you can receive it by becoming an FOI supporting member; hear about our Spanish-language outreach and more….

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Listen to FOI Communications Director Lou Medina Talk About Our FREE August Hikes on the KMMT ACE Show

On July 30, Louis (Lou) Medina, Communications Director of Friends of the Inyo, was a guest on John DeMaria’s Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) Show on KMMT FM. Listen to him introduce himself to the Eastern Sierra community and talk about FREE interpretive hikes coming up from Friends of the Inyo throughout the month of August. Click on the media player below to listen to the full interview. For more information about ALL of our events, visit 

Friends of the Inyo staff Alex Ertaud on left and Michael Cleaver and Muffin the dog on right

Earth Day Clean-Up Event with Inyo350 a Success

Earth Day Clean-Up Event with Inyo350 a Success On Saturday, April 24th, over 50 volunteers came together in Bishop to celebrate Earth Day, give back, and pick up trash. Inyo350, the Sierra Trash Eliminators, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, and Friends of the Inyo joined forces to provide trash-grabbers, trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and plenty of good cheer to make sure the volunteers who joined the fun were fully equipped and ready to go. After a safety talk and last grab of coffee and pastries, folks geared up and headed out to locations across Bishop to…

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In Response to COVID-19

​ On behalf of Friends of the Inyo, we hope you are healthy and taking care of yourself and your community during this difficult time. We understand the responsibility that we have to do our part to help slow the spread of this virus and we will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our employees, members, and community. We are fortunate at Friends of the Inyo that we are able to carry on our work on all of our campaigns. We have taken steps to keep our staff and community safe by closing our office. FOI staff are…