Happy New Year! Thank you for supporting us through 2019, and we look forward to a bright and successful 2020 together.

In this Juniper you will find the opportunity to read the latest updates on the Alabama Hills, to learn about our support of fire restoration in the Eastern Sierra, and to read about your opportunity to participate in the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership Public Workshops. And finally, the Owens Lake Bird Festival is coming soon. Make sure your membership is current so you can get access to early registration before outings fill up. We look forward to seeing you in April on Owens Lake! 


Kyle Hamada
Communications Director


On behalf of the entire staff and board at Friends of the Inyo, thank you for your generous donations during the holiday season. The encouragement and resources that you give empowers us to enter 2020 in full-stride to continue our work to protect and care for the Eastern Sierra. Thank you.


Friends of the Inyo Participates in Alabama Hills Management Plan Development

Bishop BLM has initiated the process for the management plan of the Alabama Hill National Scenic Area. Friends of the Inyo is participating in providing initial ideas concerning future activities in the Alabama Hills such as camping, toilets, OHV roads, climbing, and much more. Learn the latest and Read our comment letter and by clicking the button below. 


Supporting Fire Restoration in the Eastern Sierra

The Inyo National Forest is busy implementing the new Forest Plan and one of their first steps is an ambitious proposal to approve up to 200,000 acres of the Forest, outside of designated wilderness, for prescribed burning and associated fire restoration. Under the Eastern Sierra Fire Restoration and Maintenance Project the Forest would be approved to implement prescribed fire and fuels treatment projects for a ten year period in Jeffrey pine, mixed conifer, aspen, and some red fir and lodgepole pine stands. Learn why fire is an essential element to a healthy ecosystem by reading Jora's blog post online.


Backcountry Film Festival


Thank you to everyone who came out to attend the Backcountry Film Festival! We sold out nearly every screening and you made the event a success. Thank you especially to the local businesses and artists who donated incredible prizes and supplies to our event. We hope to see you at the next Backcountry Film Festival.


Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership Meeting

On Thursday, January 16th at Statham Hall in Lone Pine the Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership will be hosting their first Gateway Community Public Workshop.

This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the development of priorities for Southern Inyo communities and the Owen’s Valley at large. There will be future workshops hosted in Bishop, Mammoth, Lee Vining, Bridgeport, and Walker. Friends of the Inyo will be in attendance and we hope you will be too!

When: Thursday, January 16th
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Statham Hall in Lone Pine
Optional: “Introduction to the Initiative” Seminar at 5pm.


Owens Lake Bird Festival

Is it that time already? Early registration for the 2020 Owens Lake Bird Festival will begin on February 15th. We are currently working out all of the details concerning outing offerings and trip leaders to make this sixth year of the event the best one yet. 

This year the Owens Lake Bird Festival will be held on April 24th -26th.

Space is limited so you will want to register early. 
Early registration is reserved for current Friends of the Inyo member.

Join today and register early on February 15!


Friends of the Inyo appreciates the following organizations and local businesses for their generous sponsorship of our programs:


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