Policy

Zinke overlooks a national monument

21 Sep: National Monument Update

National Monument Update: The Washington Post has published a leaked copy of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s National Monument report. Read it here. It has the following suggestions: Bears Ears National Monument, Utah: Shrink (separate reports suggest by as much as 1 million acres) the National Monument and allow ‘traditional’ uses like mining, logging and drilling in protected areas. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah: Shrink the National Monument and allow ‘traditional’ uses like mining, logging and drilling in protected areas. Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon and California: Shrink the National Monument and allow ‘traditional’ uses like mining, logging and  drilling in protected…

Zinke visits national monument in Oregon

20 Sep: Zinke’s report on National Monuments

The White House stalls on releasing Zinke’s report on National Monuments All summer long we have been working with our state and national colleagues to pressure Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to listen to the 2.8 million comments received (99% in support) of saving national monuments and the defense of public lands. Thursday, August 24 was Zinke’s deadline for his final report on National Monuments and the White House is still keeping everyone in the dark about their plans. We did learn that Zinke is recommending to drastically reduce at least four national monuments. You can read Department…

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15 Sep: Mammoth Base Land Exchange

Mammoth Base Land Exchange September 2017 update In late August we submitted comments of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Mammoth Base Land Exchange.  Under the Proposed Action, the Forest Service would exchange approximately 35.6 acres of National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the Inyo National Forest, and currently managed as part of a Ski Area Term Special Use Permit to Mammoth Main Lodge Redevelopment, LLC in exchange for approximately 1,296.7 acres of privately owned lands located within the boundaries of the Inyo, Plumas and Stanislaus National Forests and one 1.4 acre parcel in Bishop, CA adjacent to…

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15 Aug: 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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15 Aug: The People of the Owens Lake Bird Festival

While the birds were the star of the festival, the people made it pretty great too:   Saturday started out cold (photo by David Carle)…   But we persisted, and had a great time (photo by Janet Carle).   It was a gorgeous day to search for birds (Gabby Guerrero).   We learned a lot from Bob Steele about the art of bird photography (Sam Dummer).   Dave Herbst led his always popular exploration of the microbiotic life of Owens Lake (Janet Carle).   (David Carle)   This year’s festival offered many excited trips off the lake. Here’s the group…

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15 Jul: 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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30 Nov: 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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30 Nov: 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…

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01 Nov: Bodie Hills Stewardship Day

What a beautiful, interesting, and fun place to spend a day. Thanks to all of the volunteers who made the trek out to Bodie, and all of our partners: BLM Bishop, Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, Bodie State Park, and the Bodie Foundation. And of course, thanks so much to the Westin for an awesome lunch for everybody who helped. Check out some photos below.   The sun felt great on this cold, fall morning Casey Penn, the “Stewardship Guru,” shares some trailwork wisdom with the group. Volunteers worked to clear brush away from buildings to protect against wildfire. Volunteers of…

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27 Oct: Final Product on the Alabama Hills Trail

Check out the finished work by Friends of the Inyo’s Stewardship Crew on the Alabama Hills Trail. The crew is done for the season. We really appreciate the fine work they did not only on the Alabama Hills Trail- a new trail that connects the town of Lone Pine to Whitney Portal by way of the Alabama Hills – but accross the Eastern Sierra, from the Golden Trout Wilderness to Black Canyon in the White Mountains, on up to the Bridgeport Area and everywhere in between. Check out below for more pictures of their great work.