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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 [...]

Treasures: Finds from the Field

You should probably not work for a land trust monitoring easements, because you won’t have any fun and will never see anything worthwhile. You shouldn’t visit the Eastern Sierra either. It’s definitely not beautiful, and there’s nothing there to do. We found this toy camel off of a closed logging road near the Hoover Wilderness. I was monitoring an agricultural easement that had a historic boneyard this summer, and I [...]

2019-09-23T16:38:53-07:00September 23rd, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, What's New|

Action Alert! Help Us Support S. 170 / H.R. 1992

Action Alert! Eastern Sierra Land Trust is a Nationally Accredited land trust, which means we always hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence. You can trust us to do the right things, and you can always trust us to take action when our protection tools are under threat. And that’s what is happening right now. The conservation easement tax incentive – one of the most important tools for private land conservation [...]

2019-07-02T11:56:21-07:00July 1st, 2019|Blog, Featured, Press Releases, What's New|

Now Protected Forever: Sceirine Point Ranch

Congratulations - we did it!! Thanks to supporters like you, our funding partners, and the long-term vision of local ranchers Joe and David Sceirine, the scenic and historic Sceirine Point Ranch is now protected forever. Sceirine Point Ranch is a breathtakingly beautiful working ranch in Bridgeport Valley. At 2,375 acres, this historic ranch benefits our Eastern Sierra economy and provides an important home for wildlife like mule deer and sage-grouse. Now that [...]

2018-04-16T18:09:47-07:00March 13th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

$8 Million Fund Created to Improve Water Quality and Conserve Sage-Grouse

Great news for Eastern Sierra conservation - and we're thrilled to share it with you first! In a landmark victory for local conservation and the long-term health of the Eastern Sierra, the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has created an $8 million fund to support initiatives conserving the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse and enhancing ranch water quality in the region. Sage-grouse thrive in wide-open areas with abundant sagebrush, native grasses, [...]

2017-03-04T18:08:17-08:00January 23rd, 2017|Blog, Featured|

Breaking Ice at Benton Hot Springs Ranch

This update on ESLT's ongoing restoration project at the Benton Ponds is written by our new Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member, Catherine Tao. For more about Catherine, Click Here. Here, I'm ready to use a pipe wrench to break the ice and access the water. With hatchets, pipe wrenches, and buckets in hand, our 4-person work team followed the well-worn path leading up to the pond at Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s Benton Hot Springs [...]

2017-03-03T15:47:58-08:00January 22nd, 2016|Blog|

Great News from Washington DC: Conservation Tax Incentive Now Permanent!

You've likely heard about the new budget and tax compromise bill that Congress passed in the final days of 2015. This massive piece of legislation funds every Cabinet agency through September 2016 AND provides a comprehensive tax package that deals with a slew of important topics, from Big Oil to small business, cybersecurity, refugees, education, and much, much more. And largely overlooked by the media was one of the most exciting victories of all — one for landowners, land trusts, and [...]

2017-03-03T12:12:18-08:00January 12th, 2016|Blog|

Fighting Climate Change by Saving Land

Efforts to prevent increases in greenhouse gas emissions throughout California have found a friend in Eastern Sierra Land Trust. A new statewide program that aims to fight the effects of climate change has awarded ESLT a grant for $917,500 – funds that will go directly towards permanently protecting Bridgeport Valley’s historic Sceirine Point Ranch. Photo © Kay Ogden “Preserving open space, agricultural resources, and wildlife habitat here in the Eastern [...]

2017-03-03T12:12:18-08:00November 18th, 2015|Blog|

ESLT’s Sara Kokkelenberg Named California AmeriCorps Member of the Year!

Sara couldn't believe it when she got the email. Along with several ESLT staff members, Board members, and supporters, she was in Sacramento earlier this month attending the national Land Trust Alliance's Rally 2015. In her inbox appeared a message notifying her that she would need to plan a return trip to Sacramento - in just one week. And for a very good reason: she would be receiving an award. "I had no [...]

2017-03-03T15:47:59-08:00October 27th, 2015|Blog, Pollinator Gardens, Volunteer|
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