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.
Every year, June Lake Trails Day gets better and better! We love the fun atmosphere of the event, with prize donations from local businesses, a delicious free lunch, and a huge group of volunteers of all ages and walks of life. In 2018 our 44 volunteers did a dazzling job of clearing heavy brush from the Parker Bench and Yost Lake Trails, and showed off their crosscut saw skills by removing seven downed logs. Thanks to our partners, Mono County, June Lake Trails Committee, and the Inyo National Forest, and to all our wonderful volunteers for their hard work!
Despite predictions of precipitation and howling winds, Sunday, November 5 was a gorgeous, sunny late fall day—perfect weather for celebrating the unrivaled climbing opportunities that grace Bishop’s backyard. As the culminating event of the American Alpine Club‘s Fall Highball climbing festival, we combined forces with the Bishop BLM to lead climbers in stewardship projects near our most popular bouldering areas. We planted native bitterbrush in disturbed areas in the Buttermilks and the Volcanic Tablelands, used local stones to delineate parking spots, trails, and campsites, picked up trash, and reduced fortress-like campfire rings to more appropriate sizes. Of course, it’s not…