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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 ...continue reading

2018-04-16T18:09:47+00:00March 13th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|
A Sage Grouse shows off his plumage.

$8 Million Fund Created to Improve Water Quality...

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, ...continue reading

2017-03-04T18:08:17+00:00January 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 ...continue reading

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

Great News from Washington DC: Conservation Tax Incentive...

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 ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:18+00:00January 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 ...continue reading

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

ESLT’s Sara Kokkelenberg Named California AmeriCorps Member of...

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 ...continue reading

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

Help Keep Sage-Grouse Aloft on Eastern Sierra Ranchlands

Help create safer habitat for one of the iconic wildlife species that makes the Eastern Sierra so special: the elusive Greater sage-grouse. Photo © Bureau of Land Management. Maintaining safe habitat for the rare Bi-State Greater sage-grouse is no small task. Join us for our 2nd annual Sage-Grouse Stewardship Day, and help create safer habitat for sage-grouse on the working ranchlands of Sinnamon Meadows! Sage-Grouse Stewardship Day Wednesday, October 14 9am-5pm Sinnamon Meadows Conservation ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:19+00:00October 1st, 2015|Blog, Volunteer|

A Day in the Life: Gettin’ Muddy at...

What a gorgeous day to put in some good restoration work at the Benton Hot Springs Ranch Conservation Easement! Photo © Abbey Blair We've been hard at work recently out at our Benton Hot Springs Ranch Conservation Easement, pulling cattails to keep the ponds healthy and brimming with life. A couple weeks ago, ESLT Restoration & Education Coordinators / AmeriCorps Members Abbey Blair and Sara Kokkelenberg, plus ESLT Land Conservation Program Director ...continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:58+00:00August 25th, 2015|Blog, Volunteer|

Celebrate California’s Wild Side at Lands & Legacy!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Lands & Legacy 2015 is now sold out! Were you still hoping to reserve a ticket for our Party of the Year? Call us at (760) 873-4554 to be added to our wait list! With your help, ESLT has already made a major impact on the future of California's "Wild Side" - our treasured Eastern Sierra. We’ve protected vital wildlife habitat and generations-old working family farms. We’ve spearheaded stewardship and ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:19+00:00July 7th, 2015|Blog|