Policy

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…

Juniper Ridge Donation Day!

On Wednesday, November 16, Juniper Ridge will match dollar for dollar all website and telephone orders to benefit Friends of the Inyo! Last year’s donation day raised nearly $3,000 to help Friends of the Inyo in the preservation, exploration and stewardship of Eastern Sierra public lands. All of Juniper Ridge products are like bringing the mountains into your home! Consider getting an early start on your holiday shopping and check out the beautiful array of wild-crafted products from soap and sachets to essential oils, incense and more by purchasing on the Juniper Ridge website or by calling (510) 521-7204 to place your…

25th Anniversary Celebration September 10

Join Friends of the Inyo on September 10 for a fun evening of local food, Join Muir-inspired wine, live music, awesome prizes and amazing views at the June Mountain Chalet. Friends of the Inyo is celebrating its 25th year as an advocacy group working toward the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the Eastern Sierra’s public lands.   “Back in 1986, Friends of the Inyo wanted to provide a voice for the wild lands and wildlife of the Inyo National Forest,” said Stacy Corless, Executive Director for the conservation non-profit.   “The same holds true today, though we’ve expanded that role…

Mono County Supervisors Take No Action

Conservation has prevailed once more in Bridgeport! On August 2nd, 2011, the Mono Board decided not to support a resolution for Bodie Wilderness Study Area Release nor an endorsement for H.R. 1581. Thousands of letters and petition signatures over the last year have sent a strong message to the Board stating that the Bodie Hills are a special place worthy of protection, and inappropriate for industrial land use and development. You can still advocate for preservation of America’s Treasured landscapes like the Bodie Hills by contacting the elected officials of Mono County and Congress, click here for more info.

Action Alert: Save the Bodie Hills!

  America’s Wild Places Under Attack in Mono County    Tell the Mono County supervisors to oppose opening the Bodie Hills to gold mining and other development, and to oppose H.R. 1581, which threatens wild lands across the nation. What: On August 2, the Mono County Supervisors will consider a resolution to release the Bodie Wilderness Study Area, opening this pristine area to future development, including a proposed gold mine. The resolution would also endorse legislation that would eliminate existing protections for tens of millions of acres of American wildlands—including more than four million acres in California.   Why the…