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31 Dec: 2010 Reasons to support Friends of the Inyo Today

This New Year’s Eve, Friends of the Inyo took some time to reflect on the past 12 months’ accomplishments. What they found added up to 2,010 reasons to support the local non-profit conservation organization. Please consider a resolution that’s good for the places you love: joining or volunteering for this local non-profit next year! 722 Members of Friends of the Inyo. The financial support and involvement of our wonderful members make all these impressive statistics possible694 Volunteers on stewardship projects on the Inyo National Forest, generating the equivalent of $110,747 worth of work400 Acres of wetlands and endangered Owens Vally…

03 Jun: Hike America’s Newest Wilderness!

Join Friends of the Inyo for weekend hikes into newly designated wilderness areas. Be sure to bring lunch, sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing for an all-day adventure. Email stacy@friendsoftheinyo.org for more information, or call (760) 873-6500, and check back here for meeting places, maps and hike details. July 4 Yost Creek to Glass Creek MeadowCelebrate the freedom of the wilderness on a strenuous shuttle hike into the Owens Headwaters Wilderness. Leaving from the Fern Lake trailhead in June Lake, we’ll climb to Yost Meadows and then descend cross-country to Glass Creek Meadow, enjoying wildflower displays all the way. Hike leader:Paul McFarland…

15 Apr: Memorial for Andrea Lawrence Sunday, April 19

Andrea was a champion in every sense; a leader, an inspiration and a friend to all in the conservation movement in the Eastern Sierra and far beyond. We will miss her! Please join us at a memorial this Sunday.   Memorial gatheringIn tribute to Andrea Mead Lawrence1932 – 2009 Sunday, April 19, 2009 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Mountainside Conference CenterMammoth Mountain Ski Area Main LodgeMammoth Lakes, California 5:30 Doors open 6:00 Program begins promptly Designated speakersFilm profile of Andrea by Olympic historian Bud Greenspan 8:00 Appetizers, beverages, Andrea’s favorite carrot cake, good company, and a chance to share stories…

25 Mar: Wilderness Bill Passes

More than 400,000 acres of pristine, beautiful Eastern Sierra lands are now protected as wilderness. Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 146, which included the Omnibus Public Lands bill that our local Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act was part of. The bill–the largest conservation effort put before Congress in 25 years–is now on its way to President Obama’s desk. In Mono and Inyo Counties, new wilderness areas range from the Hoover, near Sonora Pass, to the White Mountains and the eastern escarpment of the Sierra. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard, wrote letters and attended…

23 Mar: Travel Management Comments Due March 31

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Inyo National Forest’s Travel Management Plan are due Tuesday, March 31. Friends of the Inyo has been very involved in the planning process, and as part of the Collaborative Alternative Team (made up of diverse community members and stakeholders) supports Alternative 6 in the DEIS. View maps, learn more about the alternatives and the process at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/projects/ohvroute5.shtml. Send comments to comments-pacificsouthwest-inyo@fs.fed.us. We encourage you to support Alternative 6, the Collaborative Alternative that represents community input and team effort.   The following op-ed appeared in the March 19 edition of the Inyo…

09 Feb: Wilderness Progress

The Omnibus Public Lands Package, which includes the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act, has passed the Senate. Now it will be heard in the House of Representatives Wednesday, February 11. Please support the bill by asking your Representative to vote for the bill with no amendments. Go to house.gov to get your Representative’s phone number and email. Read on for an editorial from the Los Angeles Times urging lawmakers to pass this historic legislation. From the Los Angeles Times Editorial A win for wilderness The Senate has passed a public lands bill that will benefit California,…

12 Jan: Sentate Boosts Wilderness Protection Across US

Monday, January 12, 2009By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON – In a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness. Majority Democrats assembled more than enough votes to overcome GOP stalling tactics in an early showdown for the new Congress. Republicans complained that Democrats did not allow amendments on the massive bill, which calls for the largest expansion of wilderness protection in 25 years. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Democrats said the bill — a holdover from…

13 Feb: Friends of the Inyo Receives Andrea Mead Lawrence Award

This past weekend Friends of the Inyo was blessed to be the recipient of the first ever Andrea Mead Lawrence Award for Passionate Engagement in Community and the Land. As many of you undoubtedly know, Andrea is the matriarch of Eastern Sierra conservation – a long-time Mono County Supervisor, gold medal winning Olympic skier and constant local voice for preserving what makes the Eastern Sierra wild and free. This award recognizes the powerful work we have done together to reconnect people and the land through the Eastern Sierra Stewardship Corps – work that is made possible by you – our…

13 Feb: Furnace Creek Reprieve: Stream Remains Protected from Road Impacts

For the past few years, Furnace Creek, a unique perennial stream on the backside of the White Mountains near Dyer has garnered a lot of attention. Prior to 2004, a little-used off-road vehicle route caused disproportionate damage as it cut through a lush riparian desert stream, and, at higher elevations, facilitated proliferation deep into the White Mountains. Friends of the Inyo has been involved in preserving the Furnace Creek habitat and, most recently, worked with many partners to generate a formal protest to the Bureau of Land Management’s Environmental Assessment, which proposed rebuilding the washed-out road. The public comment period…