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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

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

Representing the Eastern Sierra at Rally 2015

Earlier this month, ESLT staff, Board Members, and supporters headed to Sacramento for Rally 2015: the nation's largest gathering of land conservation leaders. This conference is hosted by the Washington D.C.-based Land Trust Alliance (LTA), and takes place in a different city around the country each year. Because this year's Rally was just a hop, skip and a jump over the mountains from our home turf, we sent nine people to Sacramento to learn from the country's top conservation experts and ...continue reading

2017-03-03T10:56:16-08:00October 28th, 2015|Blog|

New Book Reveals Eastside Campsites with the Most...

Click Here to Purchase Online The sight of billions of stars twinkling overhead mesmerized journalist Kimberly Wilkes when she first started camping in the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley more than 20 years ago. She was captivated by the quietness of the area, its silence broken by only the babble of a brook, the quaking of leaves, or the soft sifting of desert sand in the breeze. The last thing she wanted ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:09:51-08:00October 14th, 2015|Blog|

Volunteer to Restore Critical Habitat Today!

Field season is in full swing at Eastern Sierra Land Trust – that means we’ve been getting outdoors and giving back to our protected lands, and we need your help! By lending a hand with our important restoration work, you will help preserve crucial wildlife habitat and return native plants to our fire-damaged landscapes in Swall Meadows. Native plants in Swall Meadows are showing promising regrowth (and beautiful blooms, such as ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:19-08:00June 29th, 2015|Blog, Volunteer|

Sus Danner: Taking the Reins of ESLT’s Lands...

If you've stopped by ESLT's office recently, you've likely noticed some fresh faces. We've been growing - after all, 'tis the season! - and we're thrilled to introduce you to Susanna Danner, the latest addition to our team. Joining us at the start of this month, Sus now fills a critical role at ESLT as our Land Conservation Program Director. “The Eastern Sierra has been a touchstone for my family since I was small," Sus told us. "To have ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:19-08:00May 26th, 2015|Blog, Volunteer|

Local Partnership Keeps Bi-State Sage Grouse Off Endangered...

After years of work to help keep the Eastern Sierra’s Bi-State sage grouse off the list of nationally-protected endangered species, a verdict has been reached. On Tuesday April 21, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has determined that the Bi-State population of Greater sage grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Greater sage grouse is an unusual, ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:20-08:00April 27th, 2015|Blog, Press Releases, Volunteer|

Byng Hunt: On Board with ESLT

“I've known Byng for years when we both served on the Board of Directors for the Mono County Arts Council,” commented Kay. “I'm happy we'll be working together again!” Pictured is ESLT’s Board of Directors, from left: Tim Bartley, Will Richmond, Byng Hunt, Kay Ogden (Executive Director), Randy Keller, Marie Patrick, Tony Taylor, Bob Gardner (not present: Jan Hunewill). Eastern Sierra Land Trust is thrilled to welcome long-time Mammoth Lakes resident and Eastern Sierra ...continue reading

2017-03-03T10:55:43-08:00March 24th, 2015|Blog, Press Releases|

We Need You – Apply Today to become...

Do you love the Sierra? Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light, while gaining valuable environmental professional experience? Apply today to become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Half Term AmeriCorps Member working with Eastern Sierra Land Trust! We're looking for an AmeriCorps member to join our team and help protect Eastern Sierra landscapes by leading ESLT's restoration efforts in 2015! We are seeking an enthusiastic, conservation-minded ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:09:51-08:00March 19th, 2015|Blog, Volunteer|

Conway Ranch: Protected Forever!

Cooperation can feel like a rare event these days. But when the future of one of Mono County’s most iconic panoramas was in question, true cross-agency teamwork and innovative thinking led to real action – and success. On December 1, the Eastern Sierra witnessed a major conservation victory: the permanent protection of Conway Ranch. Representatives from Mono County, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Caltrans, California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the National ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:20-08:00December 16th, 2014|Blog|

Breaking News: Historic Sinnamon Meadows Property now Permanently...

1,240 Acres of Ranch Land and Important Wildlife Habitat Preserved Forever! Eastern Sierra Land Trust has achieved another success in its efforts to preserve the Eastern Sierra’s cherished landscapes. ESLT is thrilled to announce the permanent protection of Sinnamon Meadows, a stunning expanse of historic ranchland in northern Mono County. The 1,240-acre property’s working lands, extensive wetlands, natural springs, and vital animal habitat are now protected forever with an agricultural conservation easement ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:21-08:00September 10th, 2014|Blog, Press Releases|