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13 Oct: Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2011

Friends of the Inyo is hosting SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in the Eastern Sierra for the fifth year in a row! We’re bringing beautiful, inspiring and thought-provoking movies about environmental activism and outdoor exploration in three venues on December 2, 3 and 8. Enjoy food, drink and great raffle prizes (raffle entry included with $10 ticket purchase). December 2 – Mammoth Lakes, Edison Theatre at 7 p.m. For specific venue and film program info, go here.  December 3 – Bishop, Cerro Coso College, at 7 p.m. For specific venue and film program info, go here. December 8 –…

22 Aug: 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…

07 Aug: 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.

20 Jul: 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…

07 Jul: Buttermilk Toilet Comments Sought

The Inyo National Forest is proposing to construct one or two small vault toilets in the Buttermilk area of the Bishop Creek drainage. In the face of increased recreation in the area, we feel the toilets are necessary to minimize visitor impact to the area.  Please read the attached Scoping Letter and Project Map for more details. As an organization, Friends of the Inyo supports placing the initial toilet at Location 2. We feel location 2 provides better access than location 1 for the majority of users, and has a more discrete location. According to the scoping letter, an additional…

01 Jul: Plenty of Preservation Issues in the Eastern Sierra – from mining to wind

There are lots of issues on BLM land currently underway in the Eastern Sierra. The BLM lands are sometimes put in the shadow of the vast expanses of US Forest Service and National Park lands like Death Valley, the John Muir Wilderness, and newly added White Mountains Wilderness, but they should not be overlooked. In the Eastern Sierra, they include the Bodie Hills, Granite Mountain and Owens Peak Wilderness (photo shown) areas, and the Alabama Hills, as well as many more extraordinary places that make up the East Side. Here are just some of the many preservation issues, on lands…

07 Dec: Juniper Ridge Shopping Day

Tuesday, December 7 is a Friends of the Inyo shopping day at Juniper Ridge! Buy wild-crafted products such as sachets, soaps and incense and Juniper Ridge matches dollar for dollar. Even if you’ve missed the FOI day, please support this company that supports defending western wilderness.

18 Nov: Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Adventure, Activism and Entertainment This Week!

December 3, 4 and 9, Friends of the Inyo hosts The Wild & Scenic Film Festival for the fourth year running! We’re bringing three evenings of films focusing on outdoor exploration and environmental activism to the Eastern Sierra, plus great raffle prizes (raffle entry included with your ticket), food and drink. Take advantage of our special membership offer and go to the festival for FREE: Renew or join before December 3 and get FREE tickets to the film festival! You’ll get 1 ticket per $35 donation; two tickets per $50 donation; and an all-festival pass for two per donation of…

19 Oct: Job Announcement: Finance Manager

Friends of the Inyo Bookkeeper/Finance Manager   Overview – The Finance Manager is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of Friends of the Inyo. Responsibilities include billing, taxes, contract management, investment management, accounting, payroll and benefit administration             Much of this work is currently conducted in cooperation with FOI’s Office Manager. As described, the Finance Manager is a part time position with an approximate weekly commitment 20 hrs/wk to 32 hrs/wk. Please submit resume and professional references to Stacy Corless via email at stacy@friendsoftheinyo.org.             Job Duties by Area: Financial – Maintain and use an accounting system (currently Quickbooks for…

15 Aug: Bodie Hills: America’s Next National Monument?

The beauty of the Bodie Hills was not lost on LA Times writer/videographer Tim Shisler as he explored the area for a story on potential new National Monuments in California. Read the story and watch the video. If you are interested in learning more about the Bodie Hills, read about the important Wilderness Study Areas there, and head over to the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership website at www.bodiehills.org, to find out how you can help preserve this special place!