POLICY Engagement Letters

Federal land management agencies work to implement projects on lands they manage on an ongoing basis. It is important that the public take a close look at such projects and make sure they undergo proper environmental review, adverse impacts to natural resources are considered, and when appropriate, projects are redesigned and/or mitigation measures are implemented. 

Land management agencies often seek to do the right things but need the public’s help to guide them. Without public engagement and comments to the agencies, public lands can succumb to unsustainable recreational use, industrial development, and misguided management. It is our responsibility to make sure our shared public lands are protected for generations to come.  

We track public lands projects, known as Proposed Actions, across public lands in Inyo and Mono Counties. This includes both small actions as well as landscape level decisions. Our policy team tracks notices from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and county governments.

You can view our engagement letters and applicable project files from the past by clicking on the links below.

Forest Service Management

Coyote Flat OHV Recreation Enhancement Project 2024
Draft Environmental Assessment for the Eastern Sierra Climate and Communities Resilience Project 2023
Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge Redevelopment EIR/EIS Scoping USFS Project 2022
Comprehensive River Management Plan 2022
Comprehensive River Management Plan 2021
Solitude Canyon and Sherwins Area Trails 2020
Woolly’s Adventure Summit & Snowmaking 2020
Prescribed Fire 2019
NEPA Rule Changes 2019
Inyo County Roads Project 2019

ROLG/FOI Bridgeport Southwest Rangeland Project Comment Letter 2021
Bridgeport Southwest Rangeland Project Aug 2019
Bridgeport Southwest Rangeland Project June 2018
NEPA Rule Change Compliance Prescoping 2018
Fuels Reduction Reds Meadow 2018
Mammoth Land Exchange 2017
Reds Meadow Environmental Assessment 2017
R5 trails 2017
Over-snow Vehicle Use 2016
Invasive Plant Management Proposed Action EA_2016
Jeffrey Pine Forest Health&Restoration 2016
Travel Analysis Process 2015
Motorized Routes Modifications_2012

Forest Planning

Forest Plan Revision Objections 2018
DEIS Comments 2016
Forest Plan Scoping 2014
Forest Plan Revisions 2014
Desired Conditions & Wilderness Inventory 2014
Inyo NF Assessment Topic Papers 2013
Resource Documents:
Attachment A – ROS Plan Components
Attachment B – ROS Setting Characteristics

Mono County

Mono County Legislative Platform 2018

Renewable Energy

Bodie Hills Comments on the Draft Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement 2024
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Control-Silver Peak Project Proposed by SCE 2023
FERC – Rush Creek Project Revision Request 2023
Western Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement/Resource Mgmt. Plan Scoping 2023
Rush Creek Hydroelectric Relicensing Scoping 2022
Haiwee Geothermal Draft Environmental Impact Statement 2019
Haiwee FERC Applicaton Comment 2019
Resource Documents:
Haiwee Supplemental Draft EIS and Draft Plan Amendment

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) 2018
DRECP Comment Letter 2016 
Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment 2015
Resource Documents:
DRECP BLM LUPA Record of Decision
DRECP BLM LUPA

Eastern Sierra Water

Comment Letter on Draft Owens Valley Groundwater Authority (OVGA) Annual Report for Water Year 2022 – April 2024
Comment Letter on Committee for Owens Lake Scientific Advisory Panel on Off-Lake Sources of Airborne Dust – April 2024
Making Conservation a California Way of Life – March 2024
California State Water Resources Control Board – Mono Lake Diversions 2023
Owens Lake Test Pumping – March 2021
LADWP Comment Letter – June 2018
Owens Lake Management Plan 2015

Wildlife & Plants

Support for Listing of the Greater sage-grouse under the California Endangered Species Act
Bodie Hills Management and Conservation of Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands
Comments on the Bi-State Sage Grouse Action Plan 2023
List the Whitebark Pine 2021
List the Sierra Nevada Red Fox 2020
List Joshua tree under California Endangered Species Act 2020
Stop rodenticide poisoning in California 2020
Bi-State Sage Grouse June 2019
Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Mono County 2017
Parker Bench Sage Grouse Enhancement project 2016

West Mojave OHV Route Network

Environmental Impact of OHV Route 2018
WEMO Public Meeting Talking Points 2018

Death Valley National Park

Saline Warm Springs July 2018
Rogers Peak 2017
OHV Grant 2017
Stewardship Plan 2012

Devils Postpile National Monument

Wastewater Comments 2021
Fire Management Environmental Assessment 2018
Fire Management Scoping 2018
General Management Plan 2014

Other National Monuments

Support for California’s National Monuments 2017
Sand to Snow National Monument 2017
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument 2017
Mojave Trails National Monument 2017
Giant Sequoia National Monument 2017
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument 2017
Carrizo Plain National Monument 2017
CA Monuments Mono County 2017
Berryessa National Monument 2017

Updates

Action Alert: Urge Congress to support increased funding for the Bureau of Land Management. Act by July 9!

Join Friends of the Inyo and our partner, Conservation Lands Foundation, in urging Congress to support increased funding for the Bureau of Land Management for the maintenance and protection of Public Lands today and for future generations. With voting on Fiscal Year 2025 Interior Appropriations set to happen in the coming weeks, your comments will be MOST EFFECTIVE if received by July 9. Get involved today!

ACTION ALERT REMINDER: Protect Our Water! Join the Inyo/LA Technical Group Meeting TOMORROW, Thursday 5/9 (In-person or Online)

Protect Eastern Sierra Water! At 9am on Thursday 5/9, representatives from Inyo County and LADWP will meet to discuss LADWP’s plans for pumping water from the Eastern Sierra for the 2024-2025 runoff year. Let’s make our voices heard. Come to this meeting and advocate for reduced pumping and ecosystem recovery.

ACTION ALERT: Protect Our Water! Attend the Inyo/L.A. Technical Group Meeting Next Thursday, May 9! In-person and Virtual Options Available!

The Inyo/Los Angeles Technical Group, which consists of representatives from Inyo County and LADWP,  will meet Thursday morning, May 9, in Bishop, to examine technical aspects of water management (LADWP’s Draft Annual Operations Plan). Attend in person or virtually and make your voice heard for Eastern Sierra water protection!

Close to 70 organizations ask federal agencies to award National Park Passes to Newly Sworn-in U.S. Citizens

Today, during National Park Week (which lasts from April 20-28), 68 community-based organizations are calling upon the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to increase national park and federal recreational land access to immigrants and unbanked individuals. Leading this initiative are Friends of the Inyo and GreenLatinos. The organizations released a COMMUNITY SIGN-ON LETTER addressed to heads of the U.S. departments of Interior, Homeland Security, and Agriculture, and aforementioned agency leads, calling for inter-agency cooperation to: Provide an America the Beautiful Pass as a “Welcome to America” gift to each…

Friends of the Inyo, Sierra Club, Center for Bio Diversity & Western Watersheds Project Appeal Court’s Decision to Allow Drilling Near Hot Creek

Conservation groups filed an appeal Tuesday, March 28, in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a lower court ruling allowing exploratory drilling in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains that threatens an endangered fish and a dwindling population of bi-state sage grouse. Read the full press release here.

Whitebark pine receives Endangered Species Act protection as a Threatened species

(Photo by Diana Tomback) In a December 14 press release, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced a final action to list the whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has concluded that the whitebark pine is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future throughout its range. Service Regional Director Matt Hogan said, “As a keystone species of the West, extending ESA protections to whitebark pine is critical to not only the tree itself, but also the numerous plants, animals, and watersheds that it supports.” The final rule to list…