Legislative Engagement

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Amargosa River Management Plan Must Focus on Groundwater | Coalition Comments

The Amargosa River is one of the crown jewels of the desert southwest, providing a globally important resource for biodiversity, hydrology, and recreation. It is also one of the most fragile ecosystems in North America, and must be managed with the highest possible level of conservation. Water and protection of flows The Amargosa River is unique among the Wild and Scenic River system in that it is entirely reliant on groundwater discharge for its flows. Essentially all of the ORVs for which the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River was designated depend on sustained groundwater flows for their survival. As such,…

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Kore Mining’s Long Valley Drilling Requires Environmental Assessment | Coalition Comments

Coalition Opposes Forest Service’s proposed Categorical Exclusion to Drill for Gold in the Long Valley Read the full letter here Background and Main Objections Kore Mining intends to proceed with exploratory drilling under a catagorical exclusion (CE) to, circumvent environmental review, from the Forest Service. Friends of the Inyo coauthored a 40 page with a powerful coalition of local, regional, and national groups.  argued wrote a 40 has long enjoyed serving and recreating in the Alabama Hills. This important document outlines how the plan does not meet Forest Service regulations for a categorical exclusion, and should require an environmental assessment…

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Groundwater Pumping at Owens Lake by LADWP Comments

LADWP is attempting to increase its extraction of water supplies from the Owens Valley by developing a program of consumptive groundwater use from the Owens Lakebed. We are not in agreement that groundwater pumping from beneath Owens Lake can be done in an environmentally sustainable manner, even for a limited period of time. LADWP has improperly piecemealed review of the incremental steps it is taking to achieve increased water withdrawals from the Owens Valley. It has done so without adequate disclosure or analysis of the cumulative and adverse impacts, both past and future, of LADWP’s extractions, the interactive role of…

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Action Alert: Whitebark Pine listing under Endangered Species Act

Action Alert: Whitebark Pine listing under Endangered Species Act Submit your comments to encourage USFWS to list the whitebark pine and include the proposed critical habitat.   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is considering listing the whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and has opened a 60-day public comment period which closes on February 1, 2021.  The whitebark pine is an iconic conifer species of the Eastern Sierra occurring at high-elevation sites, generally between 9,000 and 12,100 feet. It is a special status species for the Inyo National Forest and there…

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Stop Rodenticide poisoning in California – Call for Letters

Protect Wildlife and Stop the Use of Harmful Rodenticides Friends of the Inyo joined with many other environmental groups in sending letters encouraging Governor Newsom (CA) to protect mountain lions, raptors, and other animals from being poisoned. 2014 California banned the sale of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides to consumers. Poisoning of mountain lions, raptors, and other apex predators continues as documented by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. AB 1788 was introduced by California State Assembly member Richard Bloom to place a moratorium on the use of these poisons by licensed applicators until review is completed by state agencies. The…

Alabama Hills Management plan Comments preview

Alabama Hills Management Plan comments

Friends of the Inyo has long enjoyed serving and recreating in the Alabama Hills. We have seen this area drastically change over the years and are excited about the opportunity that this plan presents for the Alabama Hills. With this plan, we all have the opportunity to promote the long term conservation of this area as a unit in the National Conservation Lands system. We sincerely thank the Bishop BLM for the opportunity to comment on DOI-BLM-CA-C070-2020-0001-EA. Read more…

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California Endangered Species Act | Petition to list Joshua Trees as Threatened

Thank you to the coalition for signing onto this Joshua tree petition as it winds its way through the listing review process! The public is invited to voice their support at the virtual meeting next Thursday 8/20.  Information on how to participate is located here, just scroll down to the August 19-20, 2020 date & you’ll see the agenda, How to Joint the Webinar/Teleconference and the Meeting documents.

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K2 Golds Expanded Drilling Proposal Requires Environmental Impact Statement | Coalition Comments

We are writing regarding K2 Gold’s expanded proposal for exploratory drilling at Conglomerate Mesa, which K2 Gold calls the “Mojave Project.” This is described on the company’s website and in an accompanying video. K2 Gold says it intends to submit an amended Plan of Operations (POO) to BLM for approval of up to 30 exploratory drill holes and an undetermined number of miles of new road construction to access the drill holes over an expansive area. The original POO was approved by BLM in 2018 as part of the Perdito Exploration Project. We are deeply concerned about the significantly expanded…

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Recognize the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a tribe Comment Letter

On behalf of Friends of the Inyo, I write this letter in support of the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe’s petition for federal acknowledgement. Friends of the Inyo is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1986 to protect and care for the lands of the Eastern Sierra. The Mono Lake Indian Community has traditionally and historically been, and continues to be, recognized as a political and tribal community by Friends of the Inyo. The Mono Lake Indian community can be found in the literature regarding this area as far back as 1850. Some members of the Mono Lake Indian Community received…

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Comment Letter on Haiwee Pumped Storage Project

Comment Letter on Haiwee Pumped Storage Submitted Towards the end of November, Friends of the Inyo submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on L.A area company, Premium Energy’s application for a preliminary permit to examine the Haiwee area for its “pumped storage” capabilities. Simply put, pumped storage is a type of energy storage that involves two reservoirs, one at a higher elevation and one at a lower elevation. When energy is cheap, water is pumped uphill to the higher reservoir for storage. When demand is higher and energy is more expensive, it is sent downhill and sold…