Highlights from the ESLT Wildlife Camera

Thanks to a generous grant from the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, ESLT purchased a motion activated wildlife camera and other photographic equipment this last spring. The motion triggered weather proof camera captures photographs day or night without disturbing wildlife. Throughout this past monitoring season, ESLT staff have enjoyed placing the camera on ESLT project lands with landowner permission, and downloading the photos in the office. It is a bit like opening a package …continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:59-08:00August 15th, 2012|Blog|

ESLT Seeking 2013 AmeriCorps Member

Current AmeriCorps member Victoria Ortiz (myself) planting sunflowers with local 3rd graders Do you love the Eastern Sierra? Do you or someone you know want to live and work in one of the most spectacular outdoor meccas in the US? Apply to become Eastern Sierra Land Trust's 7th AmeriCorps member and help protect these vital lands for generations to come. ESLT has enjoyed the bright minds and enthusiasm of 6 …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:23-08:00August 8th, 2012|Blog, Volunteer|

Monitoring

Victoria, ESLT AmeriCorps member, monitoring an easement property. Here at ESLT a key part of our Stewardship Program, annual easementmonitoring, is in full swing as we engage in visits to each of the properties where we hold conservation easements. When we accept a new easement, we also take on the responsibility to monitor that property annually inperpetuity,a commitment that is taken seriously by our organization and other Accredited Land Trusts.It …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:24-08:00July 10th, 2012|Blog|

Historic Conservation Values

Did you know that lands preserved by ESLT in partnership with private landowners have included what was once the highest elevation production orchard in the Country, the first farm established in Hammil Valley (also a railroad stop), and a portion of one of the earliest ranches in Big Meadows, which we now know as Bridgeport? Apple orchard in Swall Meadows Working in land conservation we spend a lot of time …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:24-08:00June 20th, 2012|Blog|

Have you seen this bird?

The greater sage-grouse has been in the news a little bit lately, and is likely to be getting quite a bit more attention in the next few years. These interesting birds are the largest grouse to occur in North America, and their unique appearance (who doesn't love a bird with yellow eyebrows) and courtship displays have made them a favorite amongst folks who are willing to brave freezing pre-dawn spring mornings for …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:24-08:00May 16th, 2012|Blog|

Wildlife Migration Corridor Field Trip Slideshow

3pm - Pine Creek Rd./Hwy 395: The trip began with Aaron Johnson, our Lands Director, welcoming over 20 people to our event and explaining the itinerary. 3:45pm: We drove to Round Valley Rd. and Tim Taylor, a wildlife biologist from Department of Fish and Game explained the habitat, diet and migration pattern of the mule deer that winter in this region. We had some great questions about predator species and causes of …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:24-08:00March 15th, 2012|Blog|

Repeat after me, “In 2011, ESLT . ....

. . . preserved 224 acres of critical wildlife habitat. Naylon Conservation Easement (104 acres) and Wilson Conservation Project (60 acres) preserves critical habitat in the Round Valley mule deer migration corridor, ensuring safe passage for the mule deer during their bi-annual migration through Swall Meadows. Willow Flat Conservation Easement preserves 60 acres near the Sonora Junction, including a half mile stretch of the Little Walker River. The property provides the West …continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:59-08:00February 10th, 2012|Blog, Volunteer|

Historic Cattle Ranch Preserved in Bridgeport Valley

Local Ranchers preserve additional Working Agricultural Lands in Bridgeport Valley Bridgeport Valley, in northern Mono County, once known as "Big Meadows", is one of the largest mountain meadow areas in California. Settled by miners and ranchers 150 years ago, local ranchers in Bridgeport Valley now face rising pressures to develop and subdivide their land. Recently, Centennial Livestock has preserved 718 acres of working agricultural lands with a conservation easement. This important new …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:25-08:00January 20th, 2012|Blog|

Historic Cattle Ranch Preserved in Bridgeport Valley

Bridgeport Valley, in northern Mono County, once known as "Big Meadows", is one of the largest mountain meadow areas in California. Settled by miners and ranchers 150 years ago, local ranchers in Bridgeport Valley now face rising pressures to develop and subdivide their land. Recently, Centennial Livestock has preserved 718 acres of working agricultural lands with a conservation easement... Press Release [PDF]

2017-03-10T14:14:30-08:00January 18th, 2012|Press Releases|

Big Gains in Voluntary Land Conservation

The first census of land trusts in five years found 10 million new acres conserved nationwide since 2005, an increase of 27%!! The National Land Trust Census, released by the Land Trust Alliance, shows that during the same time period, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, a major federal conservation program, added just over 500,000 acres and saw a 38% funding cut. The census is available online at www.lta.org/census. A total …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:25-08:00December 27th, 2011|Blog|