How we adapted ESLT’s Sunflower Kids Garden Program in a school year of unpredictability. By Gabrielle Tribelli, ESLT Education Coordinator and Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member 2020-2021 was a school year like no other for students everywhere. Undergoing constant modifications to class structure, size, curriculum, duration, and social-emotional outlets, these scholars built resilient. So when the regular timing of ESLT’s Sunflower Kids Program was just around the corner in April, I was …continue reading
Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute Film Screening and Panel Discussion You're probably aware of some of the stories of water in the Owens Valley and Los Angeles. Books have been written on the subject and even Hollywood movies made about it. But there is more, much more, to the story. Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute tells the untold story of America’s longest-lived water war between …continue reading
Winter weather, holidays, and even a pandemic, have the tendency to shut us inside for longer periods of time than we would like. Beyond our windows, the season is changing and therefore the land is changing; Round Valley Mule Deer are settling for overwinter in the valley, Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep poetically mountaineer their way up quiet snowy mountains, and sagebrush drink up new moisture with their roots to share with other …continue reading
is a global day for giving and generosity, and what better way to create hope this holiday season than by joining a movement to protect special land for generations to come. This year's #GivingTuesday is on December 1st! To celebrate the occasion, a generous longtime donor will again match your gift dollar for dollar up to $20,000. That means your positive impact on the land you love will be doubled …continue reading
The extended digital version of our 2019 Annual Report is now available for your enjoyment! Flip through to reminisce on 2019's successes including the protection of a portion of Lundy Canyon, Stewardship Days in the Bodie Hills and at Black Lake Preserve, and all those in-person gatherings and celebrations that now feel so precious. Thank you for being here with us.
Spend time enjoying the Eastern Sierra, and you'll watch the landscape come alive. Here, golden desert mesas and sagebrush steppe teem with species like pronghorn, pygmy rabbit, and bobcat. The rare Bi-State sage-grouse meanwhile raises their chicks on the green irrigated meadows in places like Bridgeport Valley. These valley ecosystems rise suddenly to towering peaks, creating homes for species like black bear, the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, and Sierra Nevada red …continue reading
Your Fall 2020 SierraScapes Newsletter is here! Inside, read about the successes you powered this year, including protecting the historic Hunewill Ranch with a new conservation easement. Click here for a plain PDF version of our Fall 2020 SierraScapes Newsletter. Click here to visit our newsroom, where you can browse past SierraScapes newsletters.
© Kimberly Vardeman Congress must pass the Bipartisan Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act As Executive Director/CEO of ESLT, I am concerned about the recent New York Times coverage of President Trump's tax returns. The New York Times criticizes deductions for donations of conservation easements, characterizing conservation easements as "a maneuver, popular among wealthy Americans, that typically allows a landowner to keep a property's title and receive a tax deduction …continue reading
Photo by Dwayne Leonard, Ranch Memories Photography Garnering the support of local, state, and federal agencies over the course of years, we have now secured a conservation easement in perpetuity for the historic Hunewill Ranch (est. 1861). This working ranch is located in the heart of beautiful, expansive Bridgeport Valley, and is framed by the mountain peaks that border Yosemite National Park. It is now preserved forever for wildlife and …continue reading
Photo by Michael Qualls of fall colors at Bishop Creek. With so many of us still at home and shopping more online, we want to remind you about one of the easiest ways to support us and protect more of the land you love: AmazonSmile! If you use Amazon, you can use AmazonSmile to support ESLT with each purchase and at no extra cost to you. , and then remember …continue reading