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July 10th Margy Verba and Jack Shipley lead a wonderful hike to Bodie Peak with about 15 participants. Flowers were abunduant. The voluminous clouds created a great back drop and spared us the water drops. The area is so incredibly rich with wildlife. A few antelope were seen as well as all the small critters. The hills were still green two weeks later when we returned to traverse the Dry Lakes Plateau and hike up Arastra Creek. The Bodie Hills are absolutely worth preserving! Sydney Quinn
Potato Peak is kind of a cowpie shaped mountain in the northern end of the Bodie Hills, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). As part of a project FOI has currently embarked upon, which includes inventorying motorized routes in BLM Wilderness Study Areas (part of the National Landscape Conservation System), I drove east out of Bridgeport on the Aurora Canyon road up to a junction that turns down toward Bodie State Park. Excellent scenery of the Bridgeport Valley, the Eastern Sierra, and down into the Bodie Basin is provided just at the top of the road here. Not…
Yesterday, FOI Conservation Associate Andrew Schurr, Inyo National Forest Geologist Margie DeRose and I spent the day reviewing old mine shaft & adit sites along the Mazourka Canyon corridor in the Inyo Mountains that FOI’s Stewardship Crew will be fencing this season as part of an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act contract. The fencing is intended to ensure folks don’t stumble or drive into these roadside shafts while staring at red-tail hawks, limestone cliffs or GPS units. While the mines, old masonry walls and explosive views across the Owens Valley from the Inyos were great, Mother Nature’s knock out display…