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Campsite Inventory work

31 May: Campsite Inventory Progam

Would you like a daily stipend to roam spectacular Eastern Sierra wilderness areas this summer? Friends of the Inyo is once again hosting a volunteer wilderness monitoring program in search of campsites and to take stock of the opportunities for solitude.   Under forest service guidance, volunteers will map and classify campsites to help land managers better understand use patterns, and they will also use forest service solitude monitoring protocol to help recognize use patterns, distributions, and number of visitors to the wilderness areas. Due to the massive blow down event this years (2012) program has been suspended and is…

Our Mule Day Ride

27 May: FOI in Mule Days!

We were honored to receive an invitation to participate in the Mule Days Parade from our partners the Backcountry Horsemen of California and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. FOIers Todd Vogel, David Herbst and Drew Foster joined a robust crew of BCHC and PCTA folks on the wagon piloted by Alton Chinn, of Bishop. It was great fun and great to be recognized for our efforts. The thanks really go to all our volunteers who helped on backcountry trails this past year!  

14 Nov: 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…

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…