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Together, Protecting Our Wild
and Working Lands

Snowy Sierra peaks towering thousands of feet above the valley floor. Wide-open ranchlands where livestock and wildlife live in harmony. A rural way of life that has persisted since the Gold Rush days. This is the Eastern Sierra – California’s “Wild Side.” A land like nowhere else.

And you can help make sure it stays that way.

At Eastern Sierra Land Trust, we partner with local landowners, agencies, and conservation supporters like you to protect the Eastern Sierra for the future. Our aim is to preserve a healthy balance of land uses — from ranching to biking, wildlife habitats to favorite fishing spots — that can be sustained forever, ensuring a strong local economy and healthy environment for generations to come. Learn more about ESLT

Success Stories

By partnering with forward-thinking landowners and conservation supporters like you, ESLT is able to permanently protect the land, water, and wildlife that make the Eastern Sierra so special. Since our founding in 2001, we have successfully conserved over 12,500 acres on 21 unique properties that provide important resources to wildlife and our community. Read More

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Join Our Community

Eastern Sierra Land Trust members care about this amazing place and want to conserve it for the future. Join us today: with your tax-deductible membership donations, you’ll make a lasting difference in the lives and lands of our community.

“We support the work of ESLT because we like what they do: they find opportunities to get land protected that is special to all of us.”

Nancy Fiddler, ESLT member

“We believe it is particularly important to preserve open space in the Eastern Sierra for future generations. People come from all over to renew themselves by hiking, fishing, or riding here.”

Stan and Jan Hunewill, ranchers

“We relocated from Southern California to this area because we love and appreciate the natural beauty, the changing seasons, and the local community. We support ESLT’s important work for many of those same reasons.”

Donald and Jodi Sage, ESLT member
“It’s important to preserve and maintain the history of the area and the legacy of the cattle. The only way to protect the land is to not put houses on it.”
Mark Lacey, rancher

“I think it is absolutely terrific that there is a local land trust in the Eastern Sierra. It is so important to work with local youth, to teach them about the land they live on and local organizations like ESLT.”

Genny Smith, author and ESLT member

“It came to where we wanted to do something to protect our land. The thing I like about ESLT is that I believe in private property rights, and working with them allows me to still own my property while preserving it.”

Bob Naylon, landowner

“I am impressed by the professionalism and knowledge of all the staff, board members, and volunteers. When volunteering I have fun while being a part of preserving lands in perpetuity for all to enjoy!”

Kathy Varnam, ESLT volunteer

“I enthusiastically support efforts which I believe to be in the good interests of long-term community and environment. ESLT is certainly one of these.”

Jeanne Adams, ESLT member

“I enjoy volunteering because I meet new people and new artists. I appreciate how ESLT supports the artists by holding shows and I find it rewarding to help raise money to support our mission.”

Lynn Peterson, artist and ESLT volunteer
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Monthly Giving

Bristlecone Pines stand the test of time. And by joining our Bristlecone Grove monthly giving club, your impact on the future of the Eastern Sierra will, too. You’ll help make sure that the work we do together will last for generations.

Join the Bristlecone Grove

Pollinator Gardens

With the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, Eastern Sierra Land Trust helps gardeners in Inyo and Mono counties create beautiful, blooming spaces for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other important pollinators.

Certify Your Garden

Great News

On a bright, sunny morning at the end of last year, a plume of smoke could be seen rising up from the high desert near Benton, CA. Typically, flames like these spell trouble. But in this case, that smoke was cause for celebration.

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Conservation Currents

Wondering what’s new in Eastern Sierra conservation? Keep up-to-date on local initiatives, events, and other ways that you can get involved by following our blog.

Upcoming Events

Back-to-Back Stewardship Days!

August 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Back-to-Back Stewardship Days!

August 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Days

August 25 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am