Friends of the Inyo eNewsletter

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Read Friends of the Inyo’s November Spanish-Language Column in this Week’s El Sol de la Sierra

FOI’s front-page column in this week’s issue of El Sol de la Sierra focuses on indigenous methods of cooking using heated stones by native peoples in North and South America, and Hawaii. Read it online on our blog or pick up a FREE copy in businesses throughout the Eastern Sierra. Please share this news with your Spanish-speaking friends and neighbors.

Friends of the Inyo’s November 2021 E-Newsletter “The Juniper” is hot off the press!

November, the month to give thanks for so many things, is here. Throughout the month, we celebrate our nation’s Native American Heritage,  Dia de los Muertos, Veterans Day, early snows and the advent of the winter sports wonderland our corner of the world, Payahuunadu (the Eastern Sierra), is destined to become in the months ahead. At Friends of the Inyo, we are thankful for YOU, our supporters, followers, sponsors, grantors, volunteers and friends.  Have a read of all we have going on in November in this Issue of our Juniper E-Newsletter! Happy reading—and if you like what you read, happy…

EcoFlight Photos Show Why Long Valley Must be Kept Green

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…

Friends of the Inyo and Our Partners Gear Up for OHV Track Effacement Work in Death Valley for the Second Year in a Row!

By Lindsay Butcher, Lead Trail Ambassador, Friends of the Inyo Did you know that driving off road is illegal in Death Valley National Park? Even so, people get a thrill out of driving in the Park’s open spaces, and OHV-trespass all over the hundreds of miles of roadside terrain. In a matter of minutes, destructive, eyesore tracks that take years, or even decades to heal are left upon the land like scars. Friends of the Inyo, in partnership with the National Park Service and Great Basin Institute, has put together a restoration crew to expedite the healing process. November kicks…

Listen to FOI’s Bryan Hatchell talk to KMMT’s John DeMaria about our Upcoming Dark Desert Skies Campout Nov. 6-7 at Conglomerate Mesa

Experience Dark Desert Skies at Conglomerate Mesa with Friends of the Inyo, Nov. 6 – 7 There are just a handful of spaces left for this outing that promises to be an exceptional learning experience under new-moon skies in a non-light-polluted part of the Northern Mojave Desert on Death Valley’s doorstep. Friends of the Inyo’s Dark Desert Skies Campout at Conglomerate Mesa will happen November 6-7, the weekend when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, which means you will enjoy an extra hour of stargazing. Click on the media player button below to listen to Bryan Hatchell, FOI’s Desert…