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The Juniper Newsletter March 2021

This issue of the Juniper is packed full of virtual events that we’ll be hosting this month and next. From our campaign to protect Conglomerate Mesa, to our Stewardship work in Death Valley National Park, to our virtual 2021 Owens Lake Bird Festival, there is something for everyone to be excited about. We hope you’ll sign up and join us at any or all of our virtual events! In this issue, you’ll also find an update on our snow-user surveying work written by Trail Ambassador Lindsay. We also share with you an article in the LA Times covering the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Paiute tribe’s continued…

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The Juniper Newsletter February 2021

In this issue of the Juniper, we thank a long-time partner of Friends of the Inyo and champion for the Inyo National Forest, Diana Pietrasanta for her years of service with the USFS. Thank you, Diana! We also have some exciting news to share: our Trail Ambassadors are conducting Winter Snow-User Surveys, a program we last carried out in the ’16-’17 season. In this issue, you can also learn about the newly-released Alabama Hills Management Plan, as well as read a press release from local Tribes speaking out against mining on Conglomerate Mesa. Finally, remember to buy your tickets to our next…

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The Juniper Newsletter January 2021

In this issue of the Juniper, watch CBS News’s, “Eye on Earth,” featuring FOI Policy Director, Jora Fogg, which highlights the campaign to protect Long Valley from the de-watering by LADWP. Read an update on our campaign to protect Conglomerate Mesa. K2 Gold has completed Phase 1 of their exploration plans, and we continue to monitor the impacts of their activity. And finally, learn about the opportunity to submit comments to encourage the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the whitebark pine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Conglomerate Mesa Newsletter Volume 6

In this newsletter, you’ll learn about the upcoming project timeline, action you can take, insights from a K2 Gold investors meeting, and findings from a wildlife biologist, Rachel Woodard! As we fight to protect Conglomerate Mesa, we must remember why we fight this fight. We fight to show solidarity with the Tribal Nations who have long protected Conglomerate Mesa. We fight for social justice. We fight for wildlife, the Joshua Trees and Inyo Rock Daisies that can’t speak for themselves. Together, we will send K2 Gold home and protect Conglomerate Mesa. Thank you for tuning in to Vol. 6 of the Conglomerate Mesa Newsletter.

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The Juniper Newsletter December 2020

In this issue of the Juniper you will read writing from our Backcountry Ranger intern and find an update on the fight to win federal recognition for the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe. You’ll also have the opportunity to watch a video made by our friends at EcoFlight on Conglomerate Mesa, as well as read our latest issue of the Jeffrey Pine Journal.

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The Juniper Newsletter November 2020

In this issue of the Juniper you will find a recap of the “Stand for the Land” rally to protect Conglomerate Mesa. Several FOI Staff and Board were there and proudly stood with local environmental and indigenous rights activists to show our support. You will also find a recap of recent work done in Death Valley National Park, and trash picked up during the Eastside Facelift. Lastly, you have the opportunity to attend a virtual Open House hosted by Premium Energy, the company proposing a potentially damaging pumped storage project in Owens Valley. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of…

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The Juniper Newsletter October 2020

In this month’s issue of the Juniper we continue celebrating the fall seasons beauty through our virtual event, the Alpenglow Celebration, featuring photography by our special guest, photographer, John Dittli. All proceeds will help fund our Trail Ambassador program. You will also have the opportunity to read a letter by Senator Dianne Feinstein opposing gold mining exploration on Conglomerate Mesa. We are also glad to share voting resources to encourage you to vote in next month’s election. There are many resources to be found in the Election Center. And finally, you can get a FREE coloring booklet made by FOI…

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The Juniper Newsletter September 2020

In this month’s issue of the Juniper we want to thank our brave first responders and everyone who is working to fight these fires. With the closures of all National Forests in the state, our work continues to shift but we are still working hard to care for the land. In fact, we are looking to do something we’ve never done before: extend our Trail Ambassadors’ season to address the widespread impacts of this summer season. Please consider making a donation so that we can pick up the trash and repair damage to the trails and trailheads. Finally, in this…

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The Juniper Newsletter August 2020

In this month’s issue of the Juniper, read Alex’s August Stewardship Updates in his blog Post below. We are also happy to officially announce that we are recipients of the 2020 Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership Funding Award enabling us to do lots of great work in the Owens River watershed. I’m also excited to share “Birds & Blossoms in the Bodie Hills,” a virtual outing led by FOI’s own Jora Fogg, and Nora Livingston from the Mono Lake Committee. And we are hosting another virtual event “Sport Fishing in the Eastern Sierra,” presented by our Trail Ambassador, Lindsay…

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The Juniper Newsletter July 2020

The fight for Conglomerate Mesa ramps up as K2 Gold takes over,and a proposed trail in Solitude Canyon threatens the health of the last remaining roadless canyons of the area. You will also find news of the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area draft plan Environmental Assessment and virtual meetings later this month. Finally, this month’s “Meet the Staff,” features Desert Lands Organizer, Bryan Hatchell, and FOI Trail Ambassador, Lindsay Butcher.