We work hand in hand with federal agencies such as the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management to sustain healthy public lands and ensure quality experiences for all through trail and road maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species control, and facilities upkeep with volunteers and paid staff.

Eastern Sierra Trail Ambassadors Return in 2018

For more info on their work, check the Trail Ambassador page.

Volunteer Stewardship

Get Out, Give Back.

Each year over 2.5 million people enjoy the Inyo National Forest. Millions more explore Death Valley, the Bodie Hills and countless other inspiring destinations around the Eastern Sierra. Friends of the Inyo members and volunteers work alongside agency staff to ensure the places we all love stay wild, healthy and accessible.

Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Volunteer events: Join us for a volunteer trail work event in a location near you in the Eastern Sierra. Each year, we hold trail days in places like June Lake, the Mono Basin, and the Volcanic Tablelands outside of Bishop. We also celebrate events like National Public Lands Day with stewardship projects. Check our calendar for our next volunteer event.
  • Customized Group Trips: universities, schools and businesses–even family reunions–can add stewardship to their mountain retreat agenda. We’ll work with you directly to get your hands on the land and help care for one of your favorite places in the Eastern Sierra.

Professional Stewardship Crews

Since 2008, Friends of the Inyo has employed professional, paid crews that work on public lands from the Inyo Mountains to Mono Lake. Each year we partner with a wide variety of local public lands agencies like the Inyo National Forest, the Bishop BLM, and the National Park Service, government entities like Mono County, and even corporate partners like Patagonia and Westin Resorts.  In 2017, these projects include fire ring restoration and clean up in the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wildernesses, trail maintenance in the Hoover Wilderness, and front country route restoration in the Inyo Mountains, Mono Craters, and Buttermilks. The “Stew Crew” will also be watering planted bitterbrush to help restore critical deer winter habitat in the Round Fire burn area near Swall Meadows.

As always, we’re flexible and have the capacity to address agency needs, while also integrating feedback from our members to ensure the most impactful projects get carried out on the ground.

Your donations and membership contributions directly support our work on the land.


Specific projects:

Owens River Water Trail Project

Wilderness Volunteer Work Week

Volunteer Trail Day Events

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