Bruce Westerman

15 Oct: HR 2936 Resilient Federal Forests

HR 2936 The deceptively named Resilient Federal Forests Act passed the House on Nov 1st (232-188). The bill will now move to the Senate for a vote where it is expected to receive increased scrutiny. Please contact your Senators to express your opposition to this bill. November update: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

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15 Oct: Conglomerate Mesa Update

ACTION ALERT: CONGLOMERATE MESA THREATENED BY GOLD MINING Conglomerate Mesa is, once again, under attack from mining interests. This is the first roadless area in California targeted for development under the Trump administration. We are not being alarmist when we say these exploratory drill sites are only the beginning. The ultimate land management goals of the current administration are explicitly extractive: mine the land until it stops making money, and then abandon it with as little regulation as possible. Conglomerate in a natural, wild state is precious and irreplaceable for the following reasons: • Conglomerate Mesa is a spectacular wilderness…

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 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…


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…

23 Jun: 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…