Preserving the Rural Character and Prime Soils of...

602 acre Alfalfa Farm in Hammil Valley Preserved Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s latest conservation project is a beautiful farm tucked under the towering White Mountains, north of Bishop.  Richard Moss and his wife Barbara have preserved their organic alfalfa farm, known as Cinnamon Ranch, in the Hammil Valley. The Moss’ purchased the ranch in 1970, making alfalfa hay the primary agricultural product from the ranch. These long-time landowners retain title and management …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:26-08:00December 9th, 2011|Blog|

Willow Flat Easement: Critical Wildlife Habitat Preserved

written by David Woodruff, ESLT Deputy Director Eastern Sierra landowner Tina Bundy Nappe and her family have permanently preserved her 60 acres for future generations. Her land, know as Willow Flat, which includes a half a mile of the Little Walker River, has now been preserved with a conservation easement, a voluntary binding land protection agreement between the landowner and Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT).  The Nappe family retains ownership and management …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:15:02-08:00July 22nd, 2011|Blog, Volunteer|

ESLT Goes to Lone Pine High School

  What do thirteen sophomore biology students at Lone Pine High School think about Owens Lake? Karen and I got to find out last Tuesday when we made the trip down there and taught them a little bit about Eastern Sierra Land Trust and the story of Owens Lake.     Translating the concepts behind conservation easements, land stewardship, and the Owens Lake Planning Committee into something that would engage …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:28-08:00March 10th, 2011|Blog|

ESLT Earns National Recognition

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced that Eastern Sierra Land Trust has been awarded accredited status. “Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its …continue reading

2017-03-03T11:14:27-08:00February 11th, 2011|Blog, Volunteer|

Tax Incentive Renewed through 2011!

Congress just renewed a tax incentive for private landowners—especially working family farmers and ranchers—who protect their land with a voluntary conservation agreement.  The incentive, which had expired at the end of 2009, helped Eastern Sierra Land Trust work with willing landowners in our community to preserve 635 acres of natural areas between 2006 and 2009. Conservation-minded landowners now have until December 31, 2011 to take advantage of a significant tax …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:28-08:00January 7th, 2011|Blog|

DeChambeau Creek Conservation Easement – Celebration!

One beautiful fall Saturday last month, Mono Basin friends of ESLT gathered at DeChambeau Creek to celebrate the preservation of 135 acres. The following is a small photo collage of our morning with landowner Jan Simis and caretaker Joel Ellis, as we enjoyed the fall colors and delicious local foods lunch. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Apple …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:16-08:00November 1st, 2010|Blog|

Executive Director Karen interviewed by KMMT

Hot off the Press! Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director, Karen Ferrell-Ingram's interview by Stacey Powell of KMMT radio will air tomorrow, October 26, at 8am, 12 noon, and 5pm. Karen will be talking with Stacey about the California Deer Association's recent grant to ESLT. Listen on the Radio, 106.5, KMMT Mammoth, or online at Read the Press Release here >>  

2017-03-03T11:13:42-08:00October 25th, 2010|Blog|

What Do You Value About the Eastern Sierra?

ESLT is working hard to continue preserving land for future generations. We want to get your feedback, as dedicated members, supporters, and volunteers, about how you envision the future of the Eastern Sierra region.  Below are several ways to help us achieve our goal. Please join us in this quest for inspired direction! Take Our Survey! Click here to take our survey. ESLT's first online survey is quick and easy to fill …continue reading

2017-03-03T11:05:52-08:00September 1st, 2010|Blog, Volunteer|

Mono Basin Traditions Preserved

DeChambeau Creek, which runs through the conservation easement and is where the name comes from, drains into Mono Lake Mono County landowner, Jan Simis, has permanently preserved her 135 acres for future generations. Her land, which sits at the very western edge of the Mono Basin, has now been preserved with a conservation easement, a voluntary binding land protection agreement between the landowner and Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT).  Jan …continue reading

2017-03-10T14:14:31-08:00May 5th, 2010|Blog|

ESLT Turns Nine

In February, 2001, ESLT gained 501(c)3 nonprofit status as the first and only local land trust in the Eastern Sierra. But how does a land trust begin? According to Rick Kattelmann, one of the founding members and a former Mono County Planning Commission member, “I remember ten years of assorted conversations, casual talk about how the Eastern Sierra could use a land trust.” And then in 2000, seven Mono County citizens, including …continue reading

2017-03-10T14:14:33-08:00February 5th, 2010|Blog|