Legislative Engagement

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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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Submit Your Comments for the Alabama Hills Management Plan

Management of the Alabama hills is a topic near to our hearts. Join the conversation. Learn more about the proposal and maps here, and submit your comments below by August 7th. The most effective comments include details regarding management and provide rationale for the suggestion or concern: • Where do you have suggestions for change or specific management strategies – and why? • Where do you have concerns about specific resource values, uses or activities – and why? See this resource for more guidance on writing effective comments.

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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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List the Sierra Nevada Red Fox under the Endangered Species Act | Coalition Comments

We respectfully submit the following comments in response to the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS or Service) to list the Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Sierra Nevada red fox (SNRF). Our organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of members and supporters across the state, strongly agree that the USFWS and its partner agencies have rigorously documented sufficient scientific evidence to fully justify the listing of the SNRF as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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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…

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Bi-State Sage Grouse Listing Update

Bi-State Sage Grouse Listing Update The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on September 27, an extension on the final determination of whether to list the Bi-State Sage Grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS is extending their final determination based on substantial disagreement regarding the sufficiency and accuracy of the available data relevant to the proposed listing, making it necessary to solicit additional information. Therefore, along with the announcement to extend the final determination, USFWS is also reopening the comment periods for the proposed rule to list the species and the proposed rule to designate critical…

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Bi-State Sage Grouse Public Comment Period

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is soliciting additional public comments on its proposed rule to list the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Greater Sage Grouse as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This action follows a ruling overturning a 2015 USFWS and Department of Interior decision not to list the bird. As a result of this ruling, the agencies are required to re-analyze listing the Bi-State Sage Grouse. The notice announcing the reopening of the public comment period requires submission of comments by June 11, 2019. Comments can be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov by searching under docket number…

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Fire Restoration and Maintenance Program Comments

These comments to the Inyo National forest address the scoping period for the Eastern Sierra Fire Restoration and Maintenance Project. Topics include ways to encourage public comment, integrate Fire Management Zones, policies of fire as first entry and tree mortality, design features of the program meeting best practices, staffing, mowing in Jeffery Pine habitats, Tribal partnerships, and air quality considerations with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.