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FOI Executive Director writes about equitable water sharing in the Eastern Sierra in the latest Walking Waters Newsletter

Walking Water ( convenes and catalyzes regional and global partners to highlight, bring awareness to and be part of contributing to possible “solutions” for both the local and global situation of one of our planet’s most important resources: water. Friends of the Inyo is grateful for the invitation extended to Executive Director Wendy Schneider to help raise awareness about our collaborative efforts around water justice in the Eastern Sierra through FOI’s involvement in the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition. Her piece in Walking Water’s latest newsletter, provides a great historical perspective and offers opportunities to get involved.


‘Haaland’s mining justice moment’: Must-read opinion piece from Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribal Leader in the 9/2/2021 Inyo Register

By Kathy Bancroft Lone Pine, California, the town where I was born and have lived all my life, sits in the valley by Conglomerate Mesa a mile from Death Valley National Park. I call the place Payahuunadü, meaning “land of flowing water.” The Mesa hosts a vibrant, beautiful and productive ecosystem of rare and unique desert plants, as well as culturally sensitive and archeologically significant artifacts. Returning to the Mesa, I am thrown back to my childhood, gathering pinyon nuts, listening to my relatives share our stories, and performing traditional rituals. Conglomerate Mesa is the traditional homeland of my people,…

Wildfires Now Behave Differently at the Sierra Crest

This article analyzes how wildfire behavior is changing with the Caldor and Dixie fires, and highlights how change in high elevation Sierra ecosystems may remove a historic buffer for wildfires. “What’s unique about both these fires is that the fires have burned up into very high elevation in the Sierra Nevada,” Clements said. “One reason that likely is the drought, lower snowpack . . . those higher elevations are drying out sooner, so, your fuel-moisture content in those plants are drier — and we predicted that in April that this was going to be the case.” read more…

Public Lands Management Explained – En Español – on the Front Page of the Sept. 2 Issue of El Sol de la Sierra

Our outreach to Inyo  and Mono County’s Spanish-speaking community continues, thanks to our partnership with the Eastern Sierra’s sole Spanish weekly newspaper, El Sol de la Sierra. In this week’s issue, read Friends of the Inyo’s Communications Director Louis Medina’s monthly column, which now has a name, “Amigos de Nuestras Tierras” (“Friends of Our Lands”); in it, he explains the different types of public lands that exist in the U.S., how they are managed by various national and state agencies, and how you can access public lands in Inyo and Mono for FREE by signing up to attend a Friends…

KMMT Helps Promote Friends of the Inyo’s Stewardship Events in September

Friends of the Inyo gives a hearty “Thanks!” to our friends at KMMT FM Radio (,  for helping us to promote our Volunteer Stewardship Events in September: Bridgeport Trails Day on Sept. 18, and National Public Lands Day at Alabama Hills on Sept. 25. Take a listen: Please be sure to visit to sign up for these volunteering opportunities, or any of our interpretive hikes and outings, and to stay up to date with any schedule changes due to forest closures because of wildfires. Join us! All our events are FREE.