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Golden Trout Wilderness

“I sat watching this world slowly exist around me while every trouble I had trudged up here began to fall away.”  By Jack Hereford For nine days the Friends of the Inyo Stewardship crew packed into Chicken Spring Lake above Horseshoe Meadows. This was my inaugural season of trail work and the crew’s first big trip for the summer. I had already blundered through learning how to run a chainsaw, had no idea how to set a stone step and was quite unsure how many more 10 hour days of manual labor I could muster. For me this was the…


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…


2016 Summer of Stewardship in Mammoth Lakes

  Once again this year, Friends of the Inyo worked with partners MLTPA, Mammoth Lakes Recreation, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the Inyo National Forest with funding from Measure R to put on a series of volunteer events on trails and at popular places around Mammoth Lakes. In June, for National Trails Day, we signed trails, cut logs, and did other trail work around Panorama Dome. In August, for Mammoth Lakes Trails Day, we worked on trails around Earthquake Fault. The final day, the Great Sierra River Clean Up took place in September. The Great Sierra River Clean Up…

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Bay Area high school students help way out in the Ansel Adams Wilderness

We’re always inspired when we work with Athenian High School. Each senior at Athenian must take a wilderness trip with classmates. They begin in Northern Yosemite, and work their way into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. We usually meet them around the junction of Rush Creek and the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail- about a 10-15 mile hike from the trailhead- when they are on day 20 out of 30 days of their trip. They are always enthusiastic, and still enjoying their time and each other. Many students have not backpacked before this trip, and its impressive to hear how well they’re…

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June Lake Trails Day

What a wonderful place to enjoy a Saturday. As usual, people in June Lake were wonderful to work with (not that people in other places in the Eastside are not wonderful to work with). This year nearly 30 volunteers came out to help out on the Parker Bench Trail, Gull Lake Trail, and Fern Lake Trail. Together we were able to maintain nearly 5 miles of trail and removed 50 pounds of trash. Check out photos of volunteers removing invasive cheat grass and brushing the Parker Bench Trail. Volunteers “brushing” the Parker Bench Trail. Brushing is cutting or pulling vegetation overgrowing the…

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Excitement about the Owens River Water Trail Project

Inyo County has been working to finalize details on the Owens River Water Trail Project- a project that is still in the works, but would create new recreational opportunities outside Lone Pine. Friends of the Inyo is excited for the potential benefits- fun activities like fishing and floating, and economic benefits from more people recreating near town – that this project could bring in the future. Friends of the Inyo is excited to partner with Inyo County to take the lead on long term river stewardship on this section of river. We worked with volunteers on 3 different days this…


National Park Service Centennial in Devils Postpile National Monument

To celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, Friends of the Inyo partnered with Devils Postpile National Monument. While we always enjoy our work on the Inyo National Forest and BLM around the Owens Valley, it was really nice to partner in another special place in the Eastern Sierra. Thanks to a grant from the California Wildlinds Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation, Friends of the Inyo and the National Park Service were able to sponsor a couple of projects as ways for volunteers to connect with Devils Postpile.  The Founder’s Day Stewardship Event kicked off with National Monument…

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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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National Public Lands Day in Swall Meadows

We got a lot of great work done with enthusiastic volunteers earlier this fall during National Public Lands Day with Bishop BLM, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, and others. Check out the attached write up on the specific work. And take a look at a few pictures: Volunteers planted 500 bitterbrush seedlings in an area burned during the February 2015 Round Fire. This is critical winter range for migratory deer, so replacing bitterbrush is crucial to providing a food source for deer. Volunteers also maintained the Lower Rock Creek trail.


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.