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UPDATES ON THE BLOG

This Hispanic Heritage Month, 9/15 – 10/15, FOI Highlights Latinos in Conservation & Environmental Justice, including Activist Dolores Huerta

HAPPY HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15! During this monthlong period, Friends of the Inyo will share social media and blog posts about Hispanics who have made significant contributions to conservation and environmental justice. Presidential Medal of Honor recipient Dolores Huerta is best known for promoting farmworker rights. But we should also recognize her as a true environmental hero. Her dedicated activism challenged what had been largely unregulated pesticide use and promoted better land management practices. Her efforts, along with UFW (United Farm Workers) co-founder Cesar Chavez, unquestionably improved the lives of farmworkers; but she also enhanced wildlife habitats and…

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Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director speaks truth to power – as in the L.A. Department of Water & Power – in 9/17 Op-Ed in ‘The Sheet’

Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director speaks truth to power – as in the L.A. Department of Water & Power – in 9/17 OpEd in ‘The Sheet’ “It is very frustrating to see LADWP make efforts to inform the people of Inyo and Mono Counties about its conservation successes, and microscopic baby steps toward developing truly local water. What we’d really like to see up here, what the health of our ecosystems and our economy need, is a schedule of water extraction reduction,” writes Wendy Schneider, Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director, who is considered a local water protector by…

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This Hispanic Heritage Month, 9/15 – 10/15, FOI Highlights Latinos in Conservation & Environmental Justice, including Journalist Juan González

HAPPY HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15! During this monthlong period, Friends of the Inyo will share social media and blog posts about Hispanics who have made significant contributions to conservation and environmental justice. Puerto Rican-born award-winning journalist Juan González is the co-host of independent news show Democracy Now!, which was years ahead of mainstream media in highlighting, through sensitive and extensive reporting, the ravages of climate change on U.S. communities of color (e.g., Hurricanes Katrina in New Orleans (2005) and Maria in Puerto Rico (2017), as well as in developing nations (e.g., this year’s destructive flooding in…

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The September Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s E-Newsletter, “The Juniper,” is HOT OFF DA PRESS!

How is the collection of crab and shrimp traps that have come loose in the Salish Sea off the coast of Washington related to Friends of the Inyo’s work in California’s Eastern Sierra? If you don’t read the latest issue of The Juniper, you’ll never know.  Happy reading…And if you like what you read, happy sharing!

Travertine (Pamoo) Hot Springs Cleanup Yields Important History Lessons

Travertine (Pamoo) Hot Springs Cleanup Yields Important History Lessons By Jora Fogg, Friends of the Inyo Policy Director & Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership Coordinator  On Saturday, August, 27, I and others from the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership attended a cleanup at Travertine Hot Springs (Pamoo in Paiute) with the Bridgeport Indian Colony and agency partners. The Bishop Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Office, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF), the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Mono County Behavioral Health, and community members joined to clean up graffiti, pick up trash around the parking area and tub sites, and restore an old visitor-created road…

ReadyforWildfire.org: CAL FIRE Tips for Strengthening Your Home Against Wildfires ¡En Español! AND In English!

ReadyforWildfire.org: CAL FIRE Tips for Strengthening Your Home Against Wildfires ¡En Español! AND in English! At the urging of Crystal Medhurst, Defensible Space Outreach Coordinator for Mammoth Lakes, Friends of the Inyo focused its latest Amigos de Nuestras Tierras (“Friends of Our Lands”) column in this week’s (Sept. 8 – 14) issue of local Spanish-language newspaper El Sol de la Sierra (ElSoldelaSierra.com) on the extremely useful life-and-death information from the CAL FIRE website, ReadyforWildfire.org, to help locals a) create a defensible space around their home, b) harden or strengthen their home against fire, and c) develop and emergency kit and…