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Memorial for Andrea Lawrence Sunday, April 19

Andrea was a champion in every sense; a leader, an inspiration and a friend to all in the conservation movement in the Eastern Sierra and far beyond. We will miss her! Please join us at a memorial this Sunday.   Memorial gatheringIn tribute to Andrea Mead Lawrence1932 – 2009 Sunday, April 19, 2009 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Mountainside Conference CenterMammoth Mountain Ski Area Main LodgeMammoth Lakes, California 5:30 Doors open 6:00 Program begins promptly Designated speakersFilm profile of Andrea by Olympic historian Bud Greenspan 8:00 Appetizers, beverages, Andrea’s favorite carrot cake, good company, and a chance to share stories…

Wilderness Bill Passes

More than 400,000 acres of pristine, beautiful Eastern Sierra lands are now protected as wilderness. Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 146, which included the Omnibus Public Lands bill that our local Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act was part of. The bill–the largest conservation effort put before Congress in 25 years–is now on its way to President Obama’s desk. In Mono and Inyo Counties, new wilderness areas range from the Hoover, near Sonora Pass, to the White Mountains and the eastern escarpment of the Sierra. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard, wrote letters and attended…

Travel Management Comments Due March 31

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Inyo National Forest’s Travel Management Plan are due Tuesday, March 31. Friends of the Inyo has been very involved in the planning process, and as part of the Collaborative Alternative Team (made up of diverse community members and stakeholders) supports Alternative 6 in the DEIS. View maps, learn more about the alternatives and the process at Send comments to We encourage you to support Alternative 6, the Collaborative Alternative that represents community input and team effort.   The following op-ed appeared in the March 19 edition of the Inyo…

Wilderness Progress

The Omnibus Public Lands Package, which includes the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act, has passed the Senate. Now it will be heard in the House of Representatives Wednesday, February 11. Please support the bill by asking your Representative to vote for the bill with no amendments. Go to to get your Representative’s phone number and email. Read on for an editorial from the Los Angeles Times urging lawmakers to pass this historic legislation. From the Los Angeles Times Editorial A win for wilderness The Senate has passed a public lands bill that will benefit California,…

2009 Chocolate Peak Winter Expedition Successful!

Braving sunny wind-swept skies, temps hovering in the 50’s, and the possibility of missing the Superbowl, we managed once again to summit Chocolate Peak, in the Piper Mountains, on the FOI 2009 Chocolate Peak in Winter Expedition. Conditions made for easy walking – and challenging snowshoeing… Thanks whoever brought the chocolate torte!