EcoFlight Photos Show Why Long Valley Must Be Kept Green

By EcoFlight Passenger Wendy Schneider, Executive Director of Friends of the Inyo

On Tuesday, October 19th, the morning was cold and bright. Four hardy souls met at the Mammoth airport to go up in a small plane over Long Valley, in southern Mono County. The purpose of the flight was to create a video to be used as part of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition’s campaign to protect Long Valley from the efforts of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to dry it out by disallowing historic irrigation practices.

The four hardy souls included Lynn Boulton of the Sierra Club (right), Matt Kemp, an area rancher and lessee of LADWP land, myself, and our pilot and photographer/videographer, who is the founder and Executive Director of, Bruce Gordon (not pictured).

EcoFlight educates and advocates for the protection of remaining wild lands and wildlife habitat using small aircraft. As their website states, “The aerial perspective and our educational programs encourage an environmental stewardship ethic among citizens of all ages.”

As you enjoy the slideshow EcoFlight put together for us by clicking here or on the photo above, please consider joining our efforts to ensure no more water is withheld from this resource-rich landscape that we simply cannot afford to lose.

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