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Action Alert: Comment on INF’s Draft Environmental Assessment for Coyote Flat OHV Recreation Enhancement Project by 6/17!

The Inyo National Forest is seeking public comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for its Coyote Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Enhancement Project (Project #61311) to improve road and motorized trail management in the Coyote Flat area for public safety and resource protection. The public comment period began May 18, and closes on June 17. Please read Friends of the Inyo’s Action Alert to help you learn how to comment and understand issues of concern to highlight in your feedback to the INF.

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Summer is Better with Friends…of the Inyo—And we’re just warming up! Read all about it in the June issue of The Juniper!

Meet this season’s Trail Ambassadors! Buy your dad (or grad, or anyone you love, for that matter) some Fat Trout brand coffee from Black Sheep Coffee Roasters and help Friends of the Inyo at the same time! Get ready for June Lake Trails Day on Fourth of July Weekend! And soooo many more news and happenings: But if you don’t read “The Juniper,” you’ll never know! Happy reading…Happy sharing!

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Action Alert: Attend a Public Meeting Thurs., May 23, to Get Informed on the Inyo National Forest’s Coyote Flat OHV Draft Environmental Assessment!

The Inyo National Forest will host a public meeting this Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cerro Coso Community College’s Bishop Campus, as well as online via Zoom for those who cannot attend physically, to discuss proposed actions at Coyote Flat and let the public know how to submit comments on its Draft Environmental Assessment for the Coyote Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Enhancement Project. Learn how you can get involved by attending the public meeting!

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Ah, the Solitude of Wilderness! Help Us Monitor It: Call it Citizen Science with a Meditative Twist!

Can you hear the solitude? Help us monitor it: It’s citizen science with a meditative twist! You enjoy your moments alone in the Eastern Sierra, right? So do many others. Millions of others, actually. Every year. Well, the U.S. Forest Service wants to make sure everyone visiting our wilderness areas has opportunities for solitude. It all begins with research, and Friends of the Inyo is assisting. And for that, we need YOU! Help Friends of the Inyo conduct visitor data collection for the Forest Service in various designated Wildernesses on the Inyo National Forest.  What you will be doing: Hiking…

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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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Stewardship Roundup: July 2023

Read some exciting progress notes from our Trail Ambassadors, with an introduction and post-note from Stewardship Director Lindsay Butcher. It is hard to believe, but here we are- already halfway through the Trail Ambassador season!  My how time zips by… Despite the multiple false starts of summer and the ongoing damage control from winter, our TAs have been up to some awesome work alongside our Forest Service partners. Here are some highlights from their last month of work. From Logan, TA on the Mt. Whitney Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest: My Favorite day this month- Overnight in the Eastern…

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Friends of the Inyo’s Pine Nuts Annual Impact Report for 2022 is hot off the press!

Pine nuts, a high-energy food, helped sustain Native peoples of the Eastern Sierra through the winter. Friends of the Inyo’s annual impact report, which we usually release at mid-year to celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments, is symbolically named thus to acknowledge the support of our donors, funders, and volunteers, whose generosity sustains our work of protecting and caring for the land and water of the Eastern Sierra.

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Stewardship June Roundup: First one of 2023

With our typical season timeline pushed back this year, we are a bit delayed in getting our first month of the Trail Ambassador season in the books. Despite all of the roadblocks (figurative and literal) we’ve hit the ground running! We’ve asked the TAs to give us a quick summary of their first impressions. Here’s what they have to say: Logan: Mt. Whitney RD I have been working with the USFS Mt. Whitney Rangers on local trails such as Mt. Whitney, Kennedy Meadows, Kearsarge Pass, Cottonwood Lakes. Lately there has been a lot of trail reporting. With this year’s heavy snowfall,…