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On the Wild Side spotlights a series of articles from our SierraScapes Newsletter about Eastern Sierra natural history, and wildlife in this area, and their interactions with the landscape.

You Can Save Eastern Sierra Land and Wildlife

© Sean Beckett 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 [...]

Your Fall 2020 SierraScapes Newsletter

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.

History and Habitat: The New Hunewill Ranch Conservation Easement

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 [...]

Breaking News: Hunewill Ranch is Protected Forever

We have some extraordinary news to share with you today. Thanks to the Hunewill family's multi-generational commitment to conservation, and thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, Hunewill Ranch in Bridgeport Valley is protected forever. This historic 4,100-acre working ranch spans wide green valleys, rises to fragrant sagebrush steppe, and is framed by the high peaks that border Yosemite National Park. It provides critical homes for sage-grouse and a migration pathway [...]

2020-10-27T12:47:37-07:00September 29th, 2020|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, Success Stories, What's New|

Apply by July 24th, 2020! Become an AmeriCorps Member with ESLT

Marie Ring, ESLT's Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps member from 2018-2020, removes invasive Tule, improving wildlife habitat at one of ESLT’s properties, Benton Hot Springs Ranch. © ESLT Do you love the Eastern Sierra? Are you looking for a way to give back to our land and community? Apply today to become ESLT’s next AmeriCorps Member! Eastern Sierra Land Trust and the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) are seeking an enthusiastic, [...]

2020-07-20T15:30:19-07:00July 14th, 2020|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, Press Releases, SNAP, What's New|

Another Layer of Protection for Black Lake Preserve

Black Lake Preserve © Randy Keller, ESLT Board of Directors Follow Highway 120 northwest from Benton and you’ll enter Adobe Valley. There, distant mountain peaks frame wide expanses of fragrant, blooming sagebrush. Native Americans once used this valley as a trading and hunting route, traversing vast fields where wildlife like pronghorn, pygmy rabbits, and more abound. Crowds of Bi-State sage-grouse once gathered here in traditional annual mating dances, on dancing [...]

Making Highway 395 Safer for Mule Deer

A mule deer doe dashes across a road. © Joe Riis Stand by Highway 395 today, and two minutes may go by without the roar and burst of breeze from a passing car. California issued stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of coronavirus this spring, during what happened to be peak mule deer migration season. That means that for the first time in decades, the Round Valley mule deer herd [...]

2020-05-28T14:26:07-07:00May 27th, 2020|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side|

Volunteer Spotlight: Roberta

ESLT volunteer couple Roberta Lagomarsini and Pete Pumphrey pose with Smokey the Bear. This month, we're getting to know ESLT volunteer Roberta Lagomarsini. You might recognize Roberta from last Saturday's great Virtual Victory Garden Workshop, where she demonstrated drip irrigation tricks and tactics! Or you might recognize her from her whole host of other involvements with ESLT; Roberta has been a dedicated member of our volunteer team for years. She [...]

2020-05-26T16:25:06-07:00May 21st, 2020|Blog, Featured, Membership, On the Wild Side, Volunteer, What's New|

Discover Springtime’s Peace

Desert peaches, or prunus andersonii, are in bloom this April in the Eastern Sierra foothills. © ESLT Across California and beyond, the birds are singing and flowers are blooming. As we all continue to #StayHome, we can find grounding and gratitude in the signs of the changing seasons. Are you and your little ones noticing them in the nature near your home? Studies show that nature’s healing power is real, [...]

2020-04-22T12:36:27-07:00April 22nd, 2020|Blog, Featured, Membership, On the Wild Side, What's New|

Volunteer Spotlight: Pete

Pete Pumphrey leads a birding tour of our Black Lake Preserve at one of ESLT's Migratory Bird Day events, alongside his wife Roberta Lagomarsini, and Santiago Escruceria. Pete and Santiago were co-presidents of Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, of which Roberta is also a member. This month, we're getting to know ESLT volunteer Pete Pumphrey. Pete has been deeply involved in ESLT's work for many years. He's been a member of [...]

2020-04-22T15:37:50-07:00April 15th, 2020|Blog, Featured, Membership, On the Wild Side, Volunteer, What's New|
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