About Friends of the Inyo

Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo is a Bishop, CA-based non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation and stewardship of the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. Through a combination of outreach and education and wilderness advocacy, the organization has protected hundreds of thousands of acres throughout the Eastern Sierra.

This “land of little rain,” nestled between the majestic Sierra Nevada and the enigmatic White-Inyo Mountains, is home to over 35% of California’s native species and some of the most spectacular scenery in the West. The organization works to protect the BLM’s Bodie Hills and does restoration work in BLM wilderness areas to repair damage to ecosystems from illegal off road vehicle use and is currently leading restoration and stewardship trips in and around the region.

From the blog

  • 09.30.14

    Snow, Cold Temps at National Public Lands Day Event in California’s Bodie Hills

    National Public Lands Day Events took place throughout the National Conservation Lands around the country on Saturday, September 27th, but one event greeted volunteers with snow.  In the Bodie Hills in Eastern California, a coalition of organizations including Friends of the Inyo, California State Parks, the Bodie Foundation, and the … read more

  • 04.25.14

    Friends Groups Celebrate Earth Day 2014

    According to the Wilderness Society, an estimated twenty million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970—forty five years ago this week.  The event drew extensive media attention and ushered in an era of unprecedented environmental legislation. In a recent op-ed, Alex Laskey–Conservation Lands Foundation Board Member and President and Founder … read more

  • 10.11.11

    One-minute success stories from the Friends Rendezvous

    One of our favorite moments at the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA actually consisted of several moments—when individual people stood up and told stories about their organization’s recent conservation successes, in one minute or less. Some of them were funny, poignant, even raucous. All were inspiring. They were … read more