Caring for the Eastern Sierra.

Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo is a Bishop, CA-based non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the region's public lands, made possible through member support, grant funding and federal agency partnerships.

Our mission:

On the eastern edge of California, there exists a vast and wild landscape where bighorn sheep roam across alpine ridges, golden trout brighten tumbling streams and the Milky Way outshines city lights. Millions of people each year enjoy this land where the desert meets the mountains, touching all who experience its quiet, beauty and power.

Since nearly 95 percent of this land is owned by the American people, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to ensure the Eastern Sierra remains wild and free for future generations of people and wildlife. Friends of the Inyo cares for this unique national treasure by connecting people to the wonders of the Eastern Sierra's public lands. 

Latest FOI News

Winter Happenings


As Friends of the Inyo takes a brief hiatus from its summer stewardship and trails programs, it remains committed to its mission of preservation, exploration, and stewardship in the Eastern Sierra and is hosting a number of programs, planning, and wintertime activities.

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The Eastern Sierra. Death Valley. The Mojave desert and peaks. Wild, undeveloped and iconic.

Inyo County wants to put industrial-scale solar there.

These regions house the highest, lowest, hottest, and darkest places in the lower 48 states, as well as numerous unique and endemic species of plants and animals. Riparian zones in the Owens and Amargosa Valleys are the rare blend of water and desert, creating habitat found nowhere else on the planet.

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