Bishop, CA – In an effort to better serve the public land protection needs of Southern Inyo County, conservation nonprofit Friends of the Inyo (FOI) will soon open its first ever Satellite Office in Lone Pine.
Located at 142 East Bush Street, in the Historic Forum Theater Building, the 700 square-foot corner suite is across from the Lone Pine Post Office, and, on the North Jackson Street side of the building, across from Stratham Hall and the Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department.
Having an office in Lone Pine will strategically put FOI close to such iconic public lands as Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, the Mt. Whitney Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest, Death Valley National Park, and Conglomerate Mesa, for which FOI, along with local Tribes and other desert land advocates, is working to gain permanent protection. It will also allow FOI to be physically much closer to Inyo County Seat Independence than the organization’s Bishop Headquarters, thereby making possible greater engagement with County Government.
Lone Pine local Kayla Browne, the FOI staff member who will be in charge of the new Satellite Office, said, “As Desert Lands Organizer and a resident of Lone Pine, being a part of the community is important to me. The new Lone Pine Office will allow FOI to host gatherings and meetings, give people a place to come to for inquiries, and show our commitment to the communities of Southern Inyo County.”
To celebrate this expansion milestone in Friends of the Inyo’s 36-year history, the community and the media are invited to an Open House on the Lone Pine Satellite Office’s Grand Opening Day, Friday, August 19. The 5 to 8 p.m. Open House will include free food for the first 50 attendees, assorted beverages, coloring sheets and snacks for kids, and the opportunity to meet FOI staff and board members and to mix & mingle with fellow Eastern Sierra neighbors.
In extending her invitation to everyone to join Friends of the Inyo for this momentous occasion, Executive Director Wendy Schneider said, “At FOI we are very excited about the opening of our Lone Pine Satellite Office. While our work to protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra has always included Southern Inyo County, our new office is a more visible demonstration that FOI is a long-term, long-standing member of the Southern Inyo County community, and that we are a local employer and committed stakeholder that contributes to the area’s economic viability and culture.”
About Friends of the Inyo
Founded in 1986 as an all-volunteer organization, Friends of the Inyo was originally organized to comment on the Inyo National Forest planning process. It has since evolved into a fully staffed conservation nonprofit whose mission is “To protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra.” Supported by thousands of generous individual and corporate donors, volunteers and community partners, Friends of the Inyo engages lovers of the Eastern Sierra in the protection of our precious public lands throughout all of Inyo and Mono Counties. Learn more at www.friendsoftheinyo.org.