Stewardship

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Listen to FOI’s Lindsay Butcher’s 1/19 Interview about the Backcountry Film Festival on KMMT!

If you think you missed KMMT-FM’s John DeMaria’s interview with Friends of the Inyo’s Stewardship Director Lindsay Butcher last Friday (Jan. 19), you didn’t! Listen to a recording of it here to learn about  the Backcountry Film Festival, which Friends of the Inyo is hosting on Friday, Jan. 26, in Bishop, and Saturday, Jan. 27, in Mammoth Lakes.  Tickets are just $25 at FriendsoftheInyo.org/Events, and proceeds help fund this year’s SnowSchool, FREE to local 5th Graders. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!

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Executive Director Wendy Schneider Shares Friends of the Inyo’s Plans for the Coming Year on KMMT’s 12/15 ACE Show

If you think you missed KMMT-FM’s John DeMaria’s interview with Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director Wendy Schneider on Friday, you didn’t! Listen to a recording of it here to learn about FOI’s plans for 2024, and how you can be a part of Eastern Sierra land and water protection by giving to our year-end fundraising campaign. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!

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#GivingTuesday2023 is Now Live!

It’s #GivingTuesday! You can help Friends of the Inyo raise up to $91,000 thanks to a $45,500 matching gift from our generous Board of Directors that includes THE FIRST HYBRID VEHICLE IN OUR FLEET!  Look at the custom license plate in the photo below and ask yourself, “What will I give “4FOI24” (i.e., to take FOI into 2024)? Then scroll down to give! Your gift will be DOUBLED. Thank you!

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A Combined October/November Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Juniper E-Newsletter is hot off the press!

A quinceañera, a mild case of COVID, Friends of the Inyo’s partnerships and more! We have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Read all about it in the combined October/November Issue of The Juniper.

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Trail Ambassadors’ Stewardship Roundup for End of Season 2023

Wrapping up the 2023 Trail Ambassador Season: Intro by Lindsay Butcher, FOI Stewardship Director Here we are, yet again. Somehow we’ve made it to the end of another trail season, despite this year continuing to pose new and adventurous challenges throughout the passing summer months, which were particularly wet, with trails remaining inaccessible until mid-late July! Once trails were melted out, downed trees rendered them impassible. Mid season monsoons washed roads away. Luckily fires were of little consequence (knock on wood, fingers crossed, hold you breath…. don’t jinx it!) Through it all the Trail Ambassadors persevered. Here’s what the All-Star…

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Trail Ambassadors’ Stewardship Roundup for August 2023

With Labor Day Weekend coming up, we know the end of summer is drawing near. Sigh! But it’s been another exciting season in the world of Friends of the Inyo, as you will be able to tell from these narratives submitted by our hard-working Trail Ambassadors. Please enjoy reading about what they have been up to, share with your friends and networks, and, if you see them out on the trails, please say hello to them and thank them for their work. They will still be working with us and leading hikes till the end of September! Smiles all around….

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Stewardship Roundup: July 2023

Read some exciting progress notes from our Trail Ambassadors, with an introduction and post-note from Stewardship Director Lindsay Butcher. It is hard to believe, but here we are- already halfway through the Trail Ambassador season!  My how time zips by… Despite the multiple false starts of summer and the ongoing damage control from winter, our TAs have been up to some awesome work alongside our Forest Service partners. Here are some highlights from their last month of work. From Logan, TA on the Mt. Whitney Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest: My Favorite day this month- Overnight in the Eastern…

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Friends of the Inyo’s Pine Nuts Annual Impact Report for 2022 is hot off the press!

Pine nuts, a high-energy food, helped sustain Native peoples of the Eastern Sierra through the winter. Friends of the Inyo’s annual impact report, which we usually release at mid-year to celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments, is symbolically named thus to acknowledge the support of our donors, funders, and volunteers, whose generosity sustains our work of protecting and caring for the land and water of the Eastern Sierra.

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Stewardship June Roundup: First one of 2023

With our typical season timeline pushed back this year, we are a bit delayed in getting our first month of the Trail Ambassador season in the books. Despite all of the roadblocks (figurative and literal) we’ve hit the ground running! We’ve asked the TAs to give us a quick summary of their first impressions. Here’s what they have to say: Logan: Mt. Whitney RD I have been working with the USFS Mt. Whitney Rangers on local trails such as Mt. Whitney, Kennedy Meadows, Kearsarge Pass, Cottonwood Lakes. Lately there has been a lot of trail reporting. With this year’s heavy snowfall,…

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This year’s winter has FOI Stewardship Director feeling like a ‘dizzy ballerina’

By Lindsay Butcher, Stewardship Director The winter of 2022-2023 has been a doozy! As of the day I’m writing this blurb in late March, we are inching closer and closer to an all-time record snowpack, just shy of the 1952 record, with more precipitation on the way! This means we’ve had to be, well…flexible, to say the least, about managing our usual season of low-elevation Stewardship Events. Starting in November with the American Alpine Club’s Bishop Craggin’ Classic: The original project site was covered in 3 inches of snow the week before. Friends of the Inyo was able to pivot at…