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New Bighorn Sheep Kiosk in Pine Creek Climbing Area

Just outside of Bishop, Pine Creek Canyon offers some of the best rock climbing in the Eastern Sierra. It’s also critical habitat for a herd of about a hundred endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, for whom the steep walls provide protection from predators and a migration corridor between their summer and winter ranges. Today, representatives from Friends of the Inyo, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Access Fund, the Inyo National Forest, and the local climbing community met to install an informational kiosk at the canyon’s main climber parking lot. This sign will help teach visitors about the…

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National Monument Review

The Comment Period Closed July 10, 2017. Results and report of the Review due August 24, 2017. In California, monuments under review include Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, San Gabriel Mountains, and Giant Sequoia. The California State Legislature and Attorney General have already sent their messages to the Drumpf administration: Leave California’s Monuments Alone!  Comments including mention of the economic importance of monuments to local rural economies, reference to unique landscapes, cultural or historical treasures, and personal experiences are most impactful. View Friends of the Inyo’s comments on all California monuments here. If you live…

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My Favorite Trees

My Favorite Trees: Reflections on a forest, the whitebark among us. Ben Wickham I think I first noticed the dying trees in 2010, but others had observed them before me. A friend pointed it out one day while skiing along the Tamarack Bench in Rock Creek. A ski tour can be a quiet endeavor through a forest that at times may seem to have little to say or show besides the hum of the winter wind or chickaree tracks running from one tree to another. We paused in the grove of dead trees, and, standing among the skeleton snags, we…

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High Sierra

High Sierra “You get to connect with others in a way that reminds you how good people are.”  By Ben Wickham My first job out of college was in the Yosemite Wilderness, and being from Idaho, I knew nothing about the Sierra Nevada. It never occurred to me that mountains existed in California. That summer at Merced Lake changed me, and I fell in love with the unique, spectacular characteristics of the Sierra Nevada High Country.          After reading that opening paragraph, you can probably connect the dots on how I ended up at Friends of the…

15th Anniversary of our National Conservation Lands

  [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”857″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”240″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”480″}}]] 15 years ago this past weekend, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) designated California’s King Range near Eureka as the very first National Conservation Land unit.  The National Conservation Lands are America’s newest collection of protected public lands and waterways. Today National Conservation Lands protect 30 million acres of America’s most treasured places – places rich in ecological, cultural, and recreational values. The beauty of conservation lands is their ability to provide access and opportunity for all, whether its hiking in a remote Wilderness Study Area or four wheeling to your favorite hunting spot with vistas stretching before…

Winter Happenings

As Friends of the Inyo takes a brief hiatus from its summer stewardship and trails programs, it remains committed to its mission of preservation, exploration, and stewardship in the Eastern Sierra and is hosting a number of programs, planning, and wintertime activities. In the first two weeks of December, Friends of the Inyo hosted the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in three locations—Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, and Lone Pine CA –to rave reviews and encouraging new-member turnout. Showcasing environmental and adventure films by inspired filmmakers from all over the world—the wild and scenic film festival’s parent group SYRCL (Southern Yuba River…

change.org petition to stop industrial scale solar in Inyo County!

The Eastern Sierra. Death Valley. The Mojave desert and peaks. Wild, undeveloped and iconic. Inyo County wants to put industrial-scale solar there. These regions house the highest, lowest, hottest, and darkest places in the lower 48 states, as well as numerous unique and endemic species of plants and animals. Riparian zones in the Owens and Amargosa Valleys are the rare blend of water and desert, creating habitat found nowhere else on the planet. The Amargosa Conservancy teamed up with the Owens Valley Committee and California Native Plant Society Bristlecone Chapter, to petition Inyo County to drop these areas from consideration…

Inyo National Forest Issue Poll

What is the most important issue to you on the Inyo National Forest? Recreational Opportunities Designated and Protected Areas Fire and Fuels Management Healthy Ecosystems: Water, Wildlife, and Plants Partnerships and Volunteerism Climate Change Cultural and Historical Resources Social and Economic Opportunities or View Results Create your own poll at Flisti.com

Laura Beardsley is New FOI Executive Director

Friends of the Inyo names new Executive Director!   “The Board of Directors of Friends of the Inyo is very pleased to have hired Laura Beardsley as our new Executive Director,” said James Wilson, President of the Friends of  the Inyo Board. “Laura has a wealth of experience working in a variety of non profits, most recently in Yosemite National Park for the Yosemite Conservancy and Nature Bridge. We have lots to do to help maintain our region’s economic and ecological wholeness, and we’re confident Laura can help us to that.”  “Laura brings energy and passion to the Eastern Sierra…

Glass Creek Meadow (photo by John Dittli)

Member & Volunteer Rendezvous 2012

Celebrate another year of preservation, exploration and stewardship at the Sixth Annual Friends of the Inyo Rendezvous on Saturday, September 29 at the Obsidian Flat Campground on the edge of the Owens River Headwaters Wilderness! Enjoy hiking during the day or relaxing at the campground with fellow members and volunteers. In the evening, FOI will host dinner (a burrito bar!) and non-alcoholic beverages, along with potluck dessert, followed by live music around the campfire and sleeping under the stars. The Rendezvous will finish with a full breakfast (massive egg scramble!) on Sunday morning. Where: Obsidian Flat Campground, on the edge…