Changes to Desert Plan by Trump administration threaten 2.2 million acres of protected California Desert
“The Trump Administration continues its assault on public lands with an eleventh-hour attempt to gut the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). These egregious proposed changes to a balanced and comprehensive desert plan that was nearly ten years in the making will strip meaningful protections for treasured places like Panamint Valley and Conglomerate Mesa. These and many other special places in the desert were set aside for conservation and recreation because of their biological, cultural, and historical significance. They are loved and stewarded by residents and visitors alike. It is clear this last-minute move by the Trump Administration is an industry giveaway to mining companies that seek to exploit and profit off public lands in Inyo County and the California Desert.”
–Wendy Schneider, Executive Director, Friends of the Inyo
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Support Friends of the Inyo in 2021 At the end of very year, we send out a letter summing up all of the work that we were able to do in the past year. 2020 presented some unprecedented challenges for us, but because of the generous support of all of our supporters, we were still able to have an incredibly successful year. Continue scrolling to read our letter. To make a donation to support our programs in 2021, click here to make a donation online.
In this issue of the Juniper you will read writing from our Backcountry Ranger intern and find an update on the fight to win federal recognition for the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe. You’ll also have the opportunity to watch a video made by our friends at EcoFlight on Conglomerate Mesa, as well as read our latest issue of the Jeffrey Pine Journal.
Friends of the Inyo’s 2020 Backcountry Ranger Intern for the US Forest Service Each year Friends of the Inyo funds an intern for the Sierra National Forest with a generous donation from Rick Kattelmann and Sally Gaines. We are proud of the work and perspectives gained by David Carpenter in 2020 through his participation in the program. Read more about David and his experience with the Sierra National Forest below: Reflections on 2 Months in the High Sierra I always was a man of the wilderness. I was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up not far away in Golden,…