Our Policy program ensures the preservation of the public lands legacy, freedom, and wildness of the Eastern Sierra for future generations.

Friends of the Inyo’s Important Role

Friends of the Inyo works to engage the people who live, work, and play across Eastern Sierra. We advocate meaningful, science-based, and collaborative conservation for our public lands. Our Policy program ensures the preservation of the public lands legacy, freedom, and wildness of the Eastern Sierra for future generations.

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Direct Action Team

Join our team of dedicated volunteers who help by writing letters and attending events to speak for the land. Learn how to join the Direct Action Team.

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Contact our policy team by emailing policy@friendsoftheinyo.org

Comment Letters

Read our comment letters on Legislation and Management Issues.

Policy Updates

The Spring 2022 Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Biannual Magazine, The Jeffrey Pine Journal, is Hot off the Press!

The latest issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Jeffrey Pine Journal, now in its twentieth year, features timely conservation-related topics such as fire management, wayward balloon litter in nature, the 30×30 Initiative to conserve 30 percent of our public lands and coastal waters by 2030, and more. Click on the image above or this link to access and download a pdf version. Happy reading! Please remember that you can get a hard copy of the Jeffrey Pine Journal delivered to your home twice a year, in Spring and Fall, as one of the perks of membership with Friends of the…

Listen to FOI Executive Director Wendy Schneider in a recent installment of ‘The Oxygen Starved Podcast’

In a recent conversation with “The Oxygen Starved Podcast” hosts Mono County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stacey Adler and Mono County Free Library Director Christopher Platt, Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director Wendy Schneider talks about public land stewardship and protection, leadership, family and more. Take a listen. Begin at min. 32 of the podcast. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!

Get Involved in 30×30: Helping to Conserve 30 Percent of California’s Lands and Coastal Waters by 2030

By Jora Fogg, FOI Policy Director Last month, in conjunction with Earth Day, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) released their final Pathways to 30×30: Accelerating Conservation of California’s Nature strategy to forward the global effort to conserve 30 percent of lands and coastal waters by 2030 (30×30). The plan focuses on protecting the state’s biodiversity, advancing equitable access to nature and addressing the climate crisis.    The Pathways document was crafted by a dedicated team at CNRA through months of public engagement. More than 4,100 Californians engaged with the state to provide input through more than a dozen public meetings,…

ACTION ALERT – Comment by April 14 on Long Overdue River Management Plans’ Final Drafts!

Comprehensive River Management Plans for the Owens River Headwaters & Cottonwood Creek are long overdue. We are encouraging our members to submit written comments to the Inyo National Forest on the second round of draft plans and the accompanied Environmental Assessments by the April 14 deadline. Our Action Alert provides talking points and instructions. Thanks for your participation!

ACTION ALERT: Use RIMS App to Share Winter Rec Photos/Experiences w/ Inyo National Forest by Mid-April

Please help gather data regarding issues and successes of winter recreation to assist Inyo National Forest staff with Winter Travel Planning. We need your photos and experiences. Use an exciting app called RIMS (Recreation Impact Monitoring System) to make your voice heard about how you would like to see the forest used in winter!