Policy

02 Oct: AB-1819 Passes State Senate

On August 29, 2018, legislation that would establish The California Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation (CA AB 1918) passed the State Senate. The bill passed the State Assembly back in March, we are hopeful it will soon be signed into law by the governor. We believe the establishment of this office will increase the availability of much needed resources for the maintenance of our Eastern Sierra public lands.

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02 Oct: Mammoth Land Exchange

The Inyo National Forest released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision for the proposed Mammoth Base Land Exchange on August 28. The Forest Supervisor proposes to exchange 35.7 acres of National Forest System lands at the base of Mammoth Mountain for 1,213.2 acres of privately owned lands. Between scoping and the FEIS, federal lands were reduced by 104.9 acres due to the loss of a parcel in Lundy Canyon (20.6) and in Dexter Canyon (84.3 acres), while Mammoth Mountain’s acreage increased by 5.1 acres. Although the exchange would result in more environmentally sensitive lands coming under public ownership,…

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29 Aug: Highlights of the Final Forest Plan

The long awaited Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan was released in late July. Since then, Friends of the Inyo has been reviewing the final plan and supporting documents to understand how the plan intends to care for 1.9 million acres of Forest service lands in the Eastern Sierra. The plan includes how to manage and plan for recreation, protect at risk species, and recommendations for Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers designations. We’re finding that the final plan is a mixed bag. We remain concerned about the level of protection the plan would provide for natural resources on the…

Jora Fog and CLF in Washington DC

02 Aug: DC Trip to Protect Public Lands

Desert Lands Focus of Washington Visit Last month, the Conservation Lands Foundation sent a coalition of public lands groups to Washington DC. I was fortunate to join, and meet with our congressional offices about public lands. Friends of the Inyo has a long history working to protect the California desert. With recent administrative attacks it was a perfect time to meet with congressional staff and touch on current threats and opportunities. From hearing rooms to hallways to cafeterias, our meetings took place just about everywhere. Our packed three-day agenda consisted of a visit to the Senate building to meet Feinstein…

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17 Jul: Join us to Protect Conglomerate Mesa

Support Conglomerate Mesa ***Update 8/2/2018: It seemed when SSR withdrew their application for exploratory drilling that we were in the clear. But  the mining claim holders have requested to transfer the approved plan of operation, and BLM granted the claimants 60 days to complete the transfer requirements. The fight continues! Help us protect Conglomerate Mesa by becoming a member today!*** Picture this: a gold mine on Conglomerate Mesa. A dusty cyanide heap-leach mine where there is now a quiet, culturally rich, open space filled with Joshua trees. All on Death Valley’s doorstep. It almost happened. In mid-May, Silver Standard Resources Inc. (SSR)…

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09 Jul: Senate Passes Encouraging Farm Bill

On June 28 the Senate passed (86-11) a bipartisan Farm Bill that is free of attacks on the environment. The passage of a clean Senate bill is an important step forward, but we are not out of the woods yet as a conference committee still needs to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills. The Senate’s work has just begun, as they begin meeting with the House to come to a resolution. The bipartisan Senate bill rejected numerous attacks on our national forest and public lands that were present in the House Farm Bill. That bill narrowly passed just last…

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27 Jun: Protect NEPA!

The Trump administration announced plans for the largest roll back to the National Environmental Protection Act in its 48 year old history. ***Update: The comment deadline has been extended from July 20 to August 20. Hooray! There’s still time to click here and tell the federal government that you want a say in how your public lands are managed!*** The backbone of NEPA is the public review process allowing scientists, non-governmental organizations like Friends of the Inyo and the public to have a say on federal projects that impact public lands, air, water and wildlife. We know the current administration is…

Wetherbee and Michael CLF Rendezvous

04 Jun: Friends Rendezvous in Scottsdale

Wendy and Michael met new allies, presented strategies, and found new tools making the case for public lands. High profile friends groups including Friends of Gold Butte and Utah Diné Bikéyah (fighting for the Bears Ears National Monument) shared stories from their battles.  We attended workshops and spoke with charismatic lawyers and enthusiastic policy experts.  The Conservation Lands Foundation tailored the Grassroots Network to kindle the flame of conservation under the targeted attacks we face from mining, energy, and executive orders. Background – Friends Grassroots Network Our Friends Grassroots Network–made up of 63 community-based groups, mostly in the West–helps individual groups…