trail volunteers

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival Stewardship Day

  The fourth annual Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival will culminate in a grand stewardship extravaganza at the Buttermilk Boulders and the Volcanic Tablelands. We’re partnering with Flash Foxy, the Bishop BLM, the Bishop Area Climber’s Coalition, and the Access Fund to restore these areas, both world-renowned climbing destinations and sites of cultural significance for the Bishop Paiute Tribe. Join us at 8am on Sunday, March 24 at the Mountain Rambler parking lot for breakfast and coffee before the work begins. We’ll wrap up around 12pm, so there will be plenty of time to climb in the afternoon. Wear work-appropriate clothing…

racetrack playa volunteers after

Spring Stewardship Opportunities Abound

This Spring, we have a trio of volunteer opportunities in our desert and high-desert ecosystems. Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Death Valley National Park Badwater Basin Effacement Volunteer Project – Our partners at Death Valley National Park are looking for enthusiastic volunteers for a day of restoring a playa in the Badwater Basin, treating OHV trespass. Space is limited to twelve people, so please RSVP to me at alex@friendsoftheinyo.org and I will send you the full details. Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival Stewardship Day – Join us and partners as we send off the Women’s Climbing Festival…

toddler volunteer

Restoring Oak Creek

In 2007, a massive fire flared up along Oak Creek, just north of Independence in the southern Owens Valley. A catastrophic flood then scoured the creek in 2008, destroying much of the remaining riparian vegetation. Nearly a decade later, the creek is still barely vegetated and unprotected from future floods. We joined the Fort Independence Tribe, the California Native Plants Society, and the Inyo National Forest on December 14 to take a small step toward restoring Oak Creek’s streamside forest. With a troop of 20 volunteers, we worked until sundown and put over 250 locally grown native plants in the…