Friends of the Inyo believes we should all do our part to give back to the land as much as we get out of it. We aim to foster an ethic of public lands stewardship through our volunteer events. Working with partners and land management agencies, we engage the public throughout the year. Most opportunities for volunteering occur in the spring and fall in the Owens Valley and Summer in the high Sierra.
Friends of the Inyo leads a variety of volunteer opportunities from short events to multi day wilderness stewardship.
- Wilderness Weeks offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to backpack or mule pack into remote trails and complete trail improvement projects with our partner Forest Service Wilderness ranger.
- Annual clean up events include June Lake trails day, Adopt-a-Crag events in climbing areas, and National Public lands day projects.
- Various direct service projects help the community give back while supporting our policy campaigns for permanent protection. Examples include helping with standardized wilderness assessment surveys or repairing fencing to protect Cottonwood creek and the Bodie Hills.
Find volunteer opportunities on our events calendar and see blog stories below which highlight our past events.
Earth Day Clean-Up Event with Inyo350 a Success On Saturday, April 24th, over 50 volunteers came together in Bishop to celebrate Earth Day, give back, and pick up trash. Inyo350, the Sierra Trash Eliminators, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, and Friends of the Inyo joined forces to provide trash-grabbers, trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and plenty of good cheer to make sure the volunteers who joined the fun were fully equipped and ready to go. After a safety talk and last grab of coffee and pastries, folks geared up and headed out to locations across Bishop to…
Trail Ambassador Program Receives National Forest Foundation Grant In March, as spring arrived and the Worm full moon hung large in the sky, Friends of the Inyo received the exciting news that our National Forest Foundation (NFF) grant application to help fund our Trail Ambassador program was successful! This $47,000 grant is a huge boon to our ability to staff the Inyo, Humboldt-Toiyabe, and Sierra National Forest lands in the Eastern Sierra with five Trail Ambassadors this season. In addition to myself and Lindsay Butcher, we are going to be able to hire three additional staff members to provide…
Friends of the Inyo’s 2020 Backcountry Ranger Intern for the US Forest Service Each year Friends of the Inyo funds an intern for the Sierra National Forest with a generous donation from Rick Kattelmann and Sally Gaines. We are proud of the work and perspectives gained by David Carpenter in 2020 through his participation in the program. Read more about David and his experience with the Sierra National Forest below: Reflections on 2 Months in the High Sierra I always was a man of the wilderness. I was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up not far away in Golden,…