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 volunteers, members and supporters whose time, financial support and energy have helped maintain trails from Mt. Whitney to Mono Lake, helped restore meadows from the high Sierra to the Mojave desert, and created real pathways to the wild from Convict Lake to the Inyo Mountains.