History and Habitat: The New Hunewill Ranch Conservation...

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

A Sage Grouse shows off his plumage.

A Diverse Coalition Unifies Around Sage-Grouse Conservation

  Our conservation community has something to celebrate! That's because on March 30th this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) announced it is withdrawing a 2013 proposed rule to list the Bi-State sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS made this decision after an "extended and comprehensive analysis of the best available science." They concluded that local conservation actions have and will continue to successfully reduce threats to ...continue reading

2020-04-07T15:44:46-07:00April 7th, 2020|Blog, Featured, Membership, On the Wild Side, What's New|

Sage Grouse, Icon of the West

In his first presentation in the state of California last month, Noppadol Paothong blew the audience away with his stunning photography of greater sage-grouse. But the positive impact of Noppadol’s work reaches beyond the sheer beauty of his photographs. As he documents just how compelling the sage-grouse is, he is also spreading the word about why this species is so important. Why are they important? For one, Noppadol explains, ...continue reading

2020-03-20T10:03:10-07:00March 18th, 2020|Blog, Featured, Membership, On the Wild Side, What's New|

Protected Forever – Mormon Meadows in Bodie Hills

Bodie Hills, © Bob Wick   There's great news today in the Eastern Sierra - the beautiful Mormon Meadows in Bodie Hills are protected forever! Thank you to The Wilderness Land Trust for working hard to protect this important habitat for wildlife like Bi-State sage-grouse, pronghorn, and black bear. The following notes about the project were written by our friends at The Wilderness Land Trust. We're looking forward to continuing ...continue reading

2019-12-17T10:36:49-08:00December 16th, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, Press Releases, Success Stories, What's New|

A Wild and Working Mosaic, by Kay Ogden

The Hunewill family is one of many in the Eastern Sierra who have been ranching for multiple generations. Families like these keep our region wide open so mule deer, pronghorn, and sage-grouse thrive. Photo by Dwayne Leonard, Ranch Memories Photography. by Kay Ogden, ESLT Executive Director I just couldn't believe the majestic and crazy landscape that was unfolding before me as I rode my bike from Los Angeles to Mono ...continue reading

2019-12-11T09:20:25-08:00December 10th, 2019|Blog, Featured, Membership, On the Wild Side, What's New|

We Love Speed Goats

Twin Pronghorn Fawns, by Tom Koerner, USFWS Bodie State Historic Park is one of the most scenic places in Mono County, where Eastern Sierra Land Trust does much of our land conservation work. And that’s saying something, in a county as full of beautiful places as Mono County. The ghost town of Bodie at dawn is suffused with golden light on the wooden buildings, and the dusty green sagebrush steppe ...continue reading