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Lands & Legacy 11th Annual Celebration Weekend

August 30th – September 1st, 2019

RSVPs are required. Limited tickets may still be available – please call our office at (760) 873-4554 to inquire about tickets and our wait list. If you aren’t able to make it to Lands & Legacy this year, you can still protect open land in the Eastern Sierra. Click here to join our online Paddle Raise!

We’ll gather for dinner on Friday as we admire the spectacular view from Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax restaurant, then we’ll stay for an inspiring Labor Day weekend. Let’s enjoy the magic of these wide open Eastern Sierra lands.

Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner

Friday, August 30th

Location: Parallax Restaurant, Mammoth Lakes

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, our 11th annual Lands & Legacy benefit dinner will take place in view of the High Sierra at Mammoth Mountain’s stunning Parallax Restaurant. We’ll enjoy a fine dinner and open bar with plenty of time to mingle with friends.

The evening will also feature our signature Paddle Raise: a way for guests like you to champion causes that will have a major impact on the future of our region. With donation opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $50, the Paddle Raise will offer you the chance to lift your paddle high and make a gift in support of the conservation projects that you care about most.

Dinner Entrées:

Guided Land Tours

All Lands & Legacy dinner guests are invited to join us for one of two land tours, to be held that same weekend.

Saturday, August 31st: A Stroll Alongside Buckeye Creek

Location: Meet at Mono Lake Park

Time: 9 a.m.

Join us for a stroll along the scenic Buckeye Creek in Bridgeport Valley, where mountain trees grow tall and mule deer and black bears thrive. If we get lucky, we may also see trout darting in the stream or even owls soaring overhead. Together, we’ll soak in striking views and learn about the rich history of this region.

You’ll discover a surprise connection between the creek and the ghost town of Bodie – did you know that beginning in the mid-1800s, the Buckeye Creek area provided Bodie with timber and food production?

Buckeye Creek winds all the way from the High Sierra, originating not far from the Pacific Crest Trail and Yosemite National Park. It streams through the Hoover Wilderness and down through the dramatic Buckeye Canyon. It makes its way through pine forests and mountain meadows and attracts a wide range of wildlife along its path. We’ll meet the creek as it begins its entrance into the wide open Bridgeport Valley.

Come be delighted by all the history and scenery there is to witness throughout this creekside hike.

Please bring shoes comfortable for walking on uneven ground. The hike will be of medium difficulty.

Sunday, September 1st: Songbirds in Bear Heaven

Location: Meet at Mono Lake Park

Time: 9 a.m.

Come explore an exquisite corner of recently-protected land in Bridgeport Valley – Sceirine Point Ranch. Thanks to you, it is now preserved forever.

You’ll see songbirds and maybe bear tracks as we trace Green Creek through a light-dappled riparian forest and cross the creek. We’ll arrive at an aspen grove on the edge of this valley’s expansive wet meadows.

Sceirine Point Ranch is a working cattle ranch that has been in the same family for over a century. Against this historical backdrop, we’ll talk about the many ways in which ranching is so beneficial for Eastern Sierra conservation. We’ll see firsthand where this ranch has created healthy homes and thriving ecosystems for all our local wildlife while also contributing abundantly to our community.

Green Creek is a tributary of the East Walker River, and its headwaters are the crest of the Sierra at the boundary of Yosemite National Park. Its path bounds down mountainsides and through this private cattle ranch that gives many Bi-State sage-grouse their homes. The creek creates an important riparian corridor in Bridgeport Valley, which makes it an ideal place to see birds, deer, and other wildlife.

Please bring shoes that you don’t mind wading through knee-high water in – there is no bridge. The hike will be of medium difficulty and an estimated 2-mile distance.

Thank you to this year’s Lands & Legacy Sponsors:

  • Mammoth Resorts
  • Sonoma Wine Company/Derek and Rachel Benham
  • Eastern Sierra Community Bank/Robert Sharp
  • Independent Project Press
  • Bob and Karen Gardner
  • Tim and Pam Bartley
  • Roger and Ruth MacFarlane
  • Tony and Sherryl Taylor

RSVPs are required. Limited tickets may still be available – please call our office at (760) 873-4554 to inquire about tickets and our wait list. If you aren’t able to make it to Lands & Legacy this year, you can still protect open land in the Eastern Sierra. Click here to join our online Paddle Raise!