Policy Campaigns

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Conglomerate Mesa
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Bodie Hills
Cattle Grazing in Long Valley near Upper Owens River.
Keep Long Valley Green
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Long Valley Mining
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Panamint Valley
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Alabama Hills
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Fire in the Eastern Sierra
Winter Travel
Winter Travel Planning
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Policy Engagement Letters
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Past Policy Campaigns

Policy Updates

Action Alert: Urge Congress to support increased funding for the Bureau of Land Management. Act by July 9!

Join Friends of the Inyo and our partner, Conservation Lands Foundation, in urging Congress to support increased funding for the Bureau of Land Management for the maintenance and protection of Public Lands today and for future generations. With voting on Fiscal Year 2025 Interior Appropriations set to happen in the coming weeks, your comments will be MOST EFFECTIVE if received by July 9. Get involved today!

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Action Alert: Comment on INF’s Draft Environmental Assessment for Coyote Flat OHV Recreation Enhancement Project by 6/17!

The Inyo National Forest is seeking public comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for its Coyote Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Enhancement Project (Project #61311) to improve road and motorized trail management in the Coyote Flat area for public safety and resource protection. The public comment period began May 18, and closes on June 17. Please read Friends of the Inyo’s Action Alert to help you learn how to comment and understand issues of concern to highlight in your feedback to the INF.

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#NoHotCreekMine Victory!

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court issued its opinion reversing the decision of a lower court that would have allowed exploratory drilling at Hot Creek. In their 2021 lawsuit, conservation groups, including Friends of the Inyo, said the Forest Service’s use of two categorical exclusions, rather than more detailed environmental review, effectively ignored the mining project’s effects on Bi-state sage grouse in the area, as well as the potential harm to nearby Hot Creek where endangered Owens tui chub live. This is a big victory! Read all about it in our media release.

Action Alert: Attend a Public Meeting Thurs., May 23, to Get Informed on the Inyo National Forest’s Coyote Flat OHV Draft Environmental Assessment!

The Inyo National Forest will host a public meeting this Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cerro Coso Community College’s Bishop Campus, as well as online via Zoom for those who cannot attend physically, to discuss proposed actions at Coyote Flat and let the public know how to submit comments on its Draft Environmental Assessment for the Coyote Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Enhancement Project. Learn how you can get involved by attending the public meeting!

Listen to FOI’s Desert Lands Organizer’s Interview on KMMT about Our Upcoming Dark Desert Skies Campout Coming Up May 17-19!

Listen to Friends of the Inyo’s Jaime Lopez Wolters’ May 10 interview with KMMT Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) Show Host John DeMaria about our upcoming Dark Desert Skies Outing at Conglomerate Mesa this weekend, May 17-19. Get details and sign up to reserve your spot beneath the vastness of the heavens before they are all taken–we limit participation in the spirit of land protection. Learn all about the trip, and get information about why protecting Conglomerate Mesa from mining threats is of the utmost importance, by listening to the interview, then go to the Events tab at FriendsoftheInyo.org to…