By partnering with landowners and supporters like you, we can safeguard the ranches, rivers, meadows, deserts, and forests that make our region so unique.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with private landowners in our area who wish to explore options to permanently conserve their land. We also assist land management agencies and other organizations to help permanently preserve properties that provide significant benefit to our community.
With experience in protecting working ranches, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, watersheds, and culturally-important sites, we have the expertise to help you conserve your land for the future.
Why partner with ESLT?
As the only land trust focused exclusively on the Eastern Sierra region of eastern California and western Nevada, ESLT is positioned to make sure that the Eastern Sierra’s wild and productive lands remain intact. Our experienced Staff and Board Members provide specialized skills and knowledge of the land’s resources, along with an extensive network of connections to agencies, legal experts, and funding sources.
As an accredited land trust, ESLT is nationally-recognized for our rigorous standards of excellence, upholding public trust, and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.
ESLT does not engage in public advocacy; instead, we prefer to work directly with landowners who have chosen to build permanent conservation into the future of their land.
What sort of properties does ESLT help conserve?
Since ESLT was founded in 2001, we have completed more than 20 conservation projects and conserved nearly 13,000 acres. Properties protected by ESLT range from five acres to several thousand acres, and include everything from irrigated meadows to riverside aspen groves to open sagebrush steppe.
Each project we take on must have certain conservation characteristics, such as: the need to be safeguarded from inappropriate development, the presence of important natural habitat, a potential for or history of agricultural use, scenic qualities, or the potential for public recreation. By ensuring that these conservation values will be here for the future, ESLT’s conservation work benefits private landowners as well as the surrounding community.