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


Fire Restoration and Maintenance Program Comments

These comments to the Inyo National forest address the scoping period for the Eastern Sierra Fire Restoration and Maintenance Project. Topics include ways to encourage public comment, integrate Fire Management Zones, policies of fire as first entry and tree mortality, design features of the program meeting best practices, staffing, mowing in Jeffery Pine habitats, Tribal partnerships, and air quality considerations with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.  

AB-1819 Passes State Senate

On August 29, 2018, legislation that would establish The California Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation (CA AB 1918) passed the State Senate. The bill passed the State Assembly back in March, we are hopeful it will soon be signed into law by the governor. We believe the establishment of this office will increase the availability of much needed resources for the maintenance of our Eastern Sierra public lands.

Inyo National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation | Comments

Friends of the Inyo advocates for balanced winter recreation for all in the Eastern Sierra. We view winter recreation as a primary driver of our local economy and a major draw for residents and visitors to the area. Many of our 700 plus members use the Inyo National Forest backcountry in winter months for non-motorized recreation and value the diverse recreational opportunities the Forest provides. Friends of the Inyo is known for its collaborative work with motorized recreational users on the Forest and we look forward to working with the INF and multiple winter recreation user groups throughout this process….

Timberline Resources Drilling NEPA | Coalition Comments

The CWC strongly opposes the proposed drilling because it will damage the wild character of the Malpais Mesa Proposed Wilderness Additions. CWC staff and volunteers who have visited the region consider the Malpais Mesa Proposed Wilderness Additions to be both an ecological and scenic jewel. The central feature of the proposed additions is Conglomerate Mesa, a 7,700-foot structure topped with spectacular, jagged conglomerate rock. The topography gradually drops to 3,800 feet west of the mesa. The western slope includes rolling, laminated badlands. East of the mesa, the elevation drop is precipitous, ending in flat lands at approximately 5,700 feet. From…