As 2011 comes to a close, I can truly say this has been the most exciting year I have experienced at Eastern Sierra Land Trust. In just the past six months we have completed five conservation projects totaling over 1500 acres of treasured Eastern Sierra land preserved for perpetuity. From the expansion of migration corridors that will forever ensure safe passage for wildlife to the preservation of a family farm first homesteaded in the 1860s, we truly have reason to celebrate.
I have been fortunate to have been part of ESLT since its inception. Watching it grow to an organization that has truly made a difference is both exciting and very satisfying. In our beginning, I dreamed that good things might result from our work. But the level of success that has been accomplished in such a short period of time is something truly astonishing. And when I reflect for a moment upon the strength of the committed and passionate ESLT Board of Directors, members and staff that make up this organization, I realize that no one should be astonished. It is the combined efforts of hundreds of visionary, caring and dedicated people who have worked together to accomplish a lot.
Twentieth century poet Dom Helder Camara said “When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.” I want to thank all of you “dreamers” that have joined me, to make the “reality” of Eastern Sierra Land Trust what it is today: a positive force working on behalf of the wide open spaces of this beautiful region.
I leave you with one more favorite quote. It was Margaret Mead who said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” With your support, may more dreams become reality as we continue our work together.
Happy New Year Everyone!