Trail Ambassadors

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Listen to Friends of the Inyo’s Lou Medina tell KMMT Listeners about what’s coming up from FOI in Sept-Oct

In case you missed our Communications Director Lou Medina’s interview with KMMT FM Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) Show Host John DeMaria on September 3, please use our media player to listen to the full interview. You’ll get an update on our backcountry stewardship work done in early August in the Cottonwood Creek Wilderness; learn about volunteering events and outings coming up in September and October; find out about the upcoming issue of our Jeffrey Pine Journal celebrating FOI’s 35th Anniversary, and how you can receive it by becoming an FOI supporting member; hear about our Spanish-language outreach and more….

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‘Magnificent Seven’ Gave Back Big Time During Volunteer Backcountry Stewardship Week (Aug. 6-9) at Cottonwood Creek

By Lindsay Butcher, Lead Trail Ambassador Flowing southeast from White Mountain Peak, Cottonwood Creek is fed by numerous springs that pop up all the way into the Great Basin Desert. In 2009, as part of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act signed by President Barack Obama, Cottonwood Creek was designated as a protected Wild and Scenic River (WSR). Today, the creek’s comprehensive management plan is still under development; however, its WSR designation meant no more cattle grazing in the area. From August 6 through 9, Friends of the Inyo set out with a hard-working group of volunteers and Inyo National Forest…

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July Stewardship Recap

The dog days of summer are here, and wouldn’t you know it, our Trail Ambassadors have hit full gear! We’ve hit the halfway mark of our summer season, and my goodness, things have flown by! From volunteer events and interpretive hikes to backcountry trail work and log-outs with Forest Service partners, our TAs have been busy. Here are just a few highlights of what they’ve been up to since our last edition of the Juniper: Lily Emerson, our TA partnering with the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, has been getting up to a variety of different projects….

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Join the Trail Ambassadors for Hikes in 2021

We are excited to share the full slate of our weekly Interpretive Hikes led by our great group of Trail Ambassadors this summer. Check out the offerings below: Mammals of the Eastern Sierra at North Lake (Bishop) with Lindsay Butcher – 7/16, 8/14, 9/11 Beavers and Meadows in the Eastern Sierra in Bridgeport with Lily Emerson – 7/22, 8/21, 9/17 Jeffrey Pine Trees Interpretive Hike in Lone Pine with Kayla Browne – 7/31, 8/28, 9/24 Geology and Volcanology Interpretive Hike in Mammoth with Tess Irving-Ruffing – 8/7, 9/3

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June Stewardship Roundup

As the calendar page flips to July, we’ve completed our first official month of Trail Ambassador work in the Inyo & Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests! Our Trail Ambassadors (TAs) hit the ground running this year and have been out and about working hard. Here are just a few highlights of what they’ve been up to: Lily Emerson, our TA partnering with the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, took two volunteers out to Eagle Creek in the Hoover Wilderness to monitor for invasive weeds in the area. Over their three-day/two-night trip, they found no weeds above 8,300 feet in…

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Meet Kayla Browne our new Trail Ambassador

Friends of the Inyo is excited to announce our newest Trail Ambassador Kayla Browne. After experiencing the beauty of the Eastern Sierra for the first time thru-hiking in 2017, Kayla knew she needed to make this area her home. Since moving to Lone Pine from her home state of Michigan she’s become involved with the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and has taken part in Bureau of Land Management cleanup days picking up trash, disassembling fire rings, and painting climbing bolts in the Alabama Hills. Whenever she’s not hiking in the mountains, Kayla can be found mountain biking, trail running, rock…

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Friends of the Inyo’s Trail Ambassadors are Off to a Hot Start!

Memorial Day is barely in the rearview mirror, and Friends of the Inyo’s merry band of Trail Ambassadors have already made a big impact on the Forest Service public lands of the Eastern Sierra. Partnering with Forest Service staff across two Forests (the Inyo and Humboldt-Toiyabe), and five Ranger Districts (from south to north, the Mt Whitney, White Mountain, Mammoth, Mono Basin, and Bridgeport), the Trail Ambassadors partner with the agency to bolster the on the ground presence through trail maintenance, visitor education and general information, leading volunteer groups and events, and sharing interpretive hikes and content. Working alongside FS…

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Trail Ambassador Program Receives National Forest Foundation Grant

Trail Ambassador Program Receives National Forest Foundation Grant In March, as spring arrived and the Worm full moon hung large in the sky, Friends of the Inyo received the exciting news that our National Forest Foundation (NFF) grant application to help fund our Trail Ambassador program was successful!    This $47,000 grant is a huge boon to our ability to staff the Inyo, Humboldt-Toiyabe, and Sierra National Forest lands in the Eastern Sierra with five Trail Ambassadors this season. In addition to myself and Lindsay Butcher, we are going to be able to hire three additional staff members to provide…

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Support the Trail Ambassadors in 2021

Support the Trail Ambassadors in 2021 We are committed to making 2021 a brighter year for our public lands. And one thing you can count on in these uncertain times is Friends of the Inyo doing stewardship work on the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. If you make a donation, a board member will match the first $10,000 in donations to fund our Trail Ambassador Program. Help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to help fund our work in 2021. Make a donation online. Read our open letter and learn about our plans for this upcoming Stewardship Season: Sincerely,…