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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Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo is a Bishop, CA-based non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and stewardship of the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. The Eastside’s scenic beauty, wild rivers, varied flora and fauna, and abundant opportunities for sustainable recreation are our business–and yours. Through a combination of outreach,education, and advocacy, together we can ensure that this remarkable place is preserved for future generations of people, plants, and animals. The Eastern Sierra The diverse wildlands of the Eastern Sierra are a national treasure, known and loved by many as a vast, undeveloped paradise of grand…