Stewardship

Buttermilk clean up

29 Mar: Graffiti Removal Magic

Flash Foxy Clean up! The third annual Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival stewardship event was an incredible success. One hundred and thirty-five women volunteered their time to pick up hundreds of pounds of trash, protect native plant seedlings, remove an old fence, and clean up campsites in the Buttermilk and the Volcanic Tablelands. Graffiti on Buttermilk Boulders One of the highlights of the day was a graffiti removal project led by our friends at the Bay Area Climbers Coalition and Touchstone Climbing. Volunteers decked out in stylish Tyvek suits used paintbrushes to apply a product called Elephant Snot (!) to…

trail volunteers

15 Mar: Seasonal Jobs with Friends of the Inyo

Each summer, Friends of the Inyo welcomes a crew of enthusiastic, talented individuals to our small staff. Our Stewardship Crew and Trail Ambassadors perform critical work to restore ecosystems and maintain recreational access to our public lands. They coordinate volunteer events, lead interpretive walks, provide information to curious members of the public, and work with our agency partners to make sure our projects are successful. Friends of the Inyo’s seasonal staff are the front lines of public lands stewardship in the Eastern Sierra. We are thrilled to begin our hiring process for seasonal employees. Applications will be due by 5pm…

racetrack playa volunteers after

07 Mar: Racetrack Project Recap

Below is an excerpt from Julia’s Jeffrey Pine Journal article. Pick up a copy of our Spring JPJ this April for more stories from the Racetrack Project. My first sight of Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa was like a glimpse of another planet. The ancient lakebed was the color of tahini, spread out smooth and flat between jagged desert peaks. At one end, the startling black rock pillars known as the Grandstand caught the eye like a pin on a map. At the other, the famous “racing rocks” lay scattered, each sitting in the furrow it had etched as a mysterious…

toddler volunteer

15 Dec: Restoring Oak Creek

In 2007, a massive fire flared up along Oak Creek, just north of Independence in the southern Owens Valley. A catastrophic flood then scoured the creek in 2008, destroying much of the remaining riparian vegetation. Nearly a decade later, the creek is still barely vegetated and unprotected from future floods. We joined the Fort Independence Tribe, the California Native Plants Society, and the Inyo National Forest on December 14 to take a small step toward restoring Oak Creek’s streamside forest. With a troop of 20 volunteers, we worked until sundown and put over 250 locally grown native plants in the…

Ben presenting programs

22 Nov: 1 Week in November

There’s an assumption that summer is our busy season, but in one week this past November, Friends of the Inyo’s staff illustrated how ambitious and inspiring we are at the following events: Presented about the connection between stewardship and advocacy at Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Grassroots Advocacy Conference in Lake Tahoe. Mobilized our members and the public to provide overwhelming opposition to the proposed gold mine at Conglomerate Mesa at the Inyo County Board of Supervisor’s meeting. Took 91 Mammoth Elementary students out for a Fall Field Day for SnowSchool to learn about watersheds and have fun in the Mammoth Lakes…

volunteers planting buttermilk boulders vehicles

10 Nov: We Broke a Record

Despite predictions of precipitation and howling winds, Sunday, November 5 was a gorgeous, sunny late fall day—perfect weather for celebrating the unrivaled climbing opportunities that grace Bishop’s backyard. As the culminating event of the American Alpine Club‘s Fall Highball climbing festival, we combined forces with the Bishop BLM to lead climbers in stewardship projects near our most popular bouldering areas. We planted native bitterbrush in disturbed areas in the Buttermilks and the Volcanic Tablelands, used local stones to delineate parking spots, trails, and campsites, picked up trash, and reduced fortress-like campfire rings to more appropriate sizes. Of course, it’s not…

pack stock

08 Sep: Photos from the Ansel Adams Wilderness Project

Check out photos by volunteer, photographer, and Bishop resident Ken Miller from the Ansel Adams Wilderness Project. This year, we partnered with the Inyo National Forest, and 6 volunteers helped on trail maintenance and campsite restoration around Shadow Lake and the John Muir Trail. It was such a great experience for everyone involved, and check back this fall because we’ll be posting stories about how much fun we had and work we got done in the coming weeks.

youth water bar volunteer

08 Sep: Community Service: Deluxe Edition

The Ansel Adams Wilderness Project brought six volunteers into the Shadow Lake area for five days of backcountry trail restoration. Youth volunteer Thomas Zentmyer came along for the community service hours, but went home with an experience he’ll remember forever. Check out his words below, and stay tuned for more stories and photos from the trip. “I’m a frequent visitor to the backcountry, but this trip had scenery like I had never seen before. I would come back from a hard day of work and settle down for dinner, all the while surrounded by the sound of gushing water, golden…