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

Comprehensive River Management Plan 2022

Comprehensive River Management Plan 2021Solitude 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

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


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…

Water Justice Week is coming the first week of August!

On August 3rd, attend virtually the first ever Great Basin Water Justice Summit, which is bringing together diverse water protectors from Eastern California, Nevada, and Utah to discuss water justice issues. Then, later in the week, attend in person a movie screening of award-winning local short films on water justice. Two dates and locations to choose from: Cerro Coso Community College Bishop Campus Friday, Aug. 5th, and Mammoth Campus Saturday, Aug. 6th. These events are FREE and open to the public.

Comprehensive River Management Plan – Owens River Headwaters and Cottonwood Creek | Coalition Comments

For the Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) to fulfill its protective purpose, it is essential that the plan go beyond a simple recitation of resources and issues and focus on current and future actions that could harm the free-flowing condition, outstandingly remarkable (OR) values, segment classification, and water quality of the protected river. Unfortunately, the draft CRMP for the Owens River Headwaters Wild and Scenic River (WSR) fails this test. In particular, the CRMP and accompanying Resource Assessment fail to provide crucial information about groundwater extraction from aquifers that contribute to the flow of the Owens River Headwaters WSR.

Devils Postpile Wastewater Treatment System Comments

The plan for a wastewater treatment system in Devils Postpile National Monument represents proactive efforts of the National Parks Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to address the current failing wastewater system. This project as currently described will protect public lands and reduce the maintenance burden on management agencies. Specifically the proposed septic system will protect waterways from contamination by eliminating the need for aging mechanical force mains and lift stations. Removing the aging mechanical infrastructure will reduce danger of failure and accidental discharge, reduce the agency’s energy costs, and reduce maintenance needs.

Amargosa River Management Plan Must Focus on Groundwater | Coalition Comments

The Amargosa River is one of the crown jewels of the desert southwest, providing a globally important resource for biodiversity, hydrology, and recreation. It is also one of the most fragile ecosystems in North America, and must be managed with the highest possible level of conservation. Water and protection of flows The Amargosa River is unique among the Wild and Scenic River system in that it is entirely reliant on groundwater discharge for its flows. Essentially all of the ORVs for which the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River was designated depend on sustained groundwater flows for their survival. As such,…