A Special Treat – Time Lapse Photography

Local photographer, Stephen Ingram shares a brief video clip (three hours of photos taken every 10 seconds condensed down to 37 seconds) from Eastern Sierra Land Trust's Crowley Hilltop Preserve in Mono County, CA.  The view of the Crowley Lake, the Glass Mountains, and Long Valley features a weak storm system moving in from the south, on March 22, 2012. Thanks Stephen! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9hU0O97J8]

2017-03-03T11:08:53-08:00March 23rd, 2012|Blog|

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|

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|

Preserving the Rural Character and Prime Soils of...

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 of their property, while designating how their land …continue reading

2017-03-10T14:14:30-08:00November 15th, 2011|Press Releases|

Celebrating the Naylon Conservation Easement

We invite all to join us for the celebration of ESLT's newest completed conservation easement in Swall Meadows, Mono County. This is a special celebration on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 11am to 2pm, with live music, walking tours, and refreshments. Please RSVP by calling David at 760-873-4554. This will be a unique opportunity to tour ESLT's newest conservation easement, to learn about the wildlife migration corridor, and the history of Swall …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:16-08:00October 17th, 2011|Blog|

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|

Mono County Easement Visits in Full Swing

Aaron Johnson, our Lands Program Coordinator, and myself, have been escaping the Bishop heat for cooler ground up in Mono County. We have begun the annual monitoring process of ESLT's conservation easements. Each easement has its own monitoring plan, to be carried out according to the values for which it was preserved. All easements, however, must be monitored annually with the same degree of specificity and detail.  We always schedule these visits …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:29-08:00July 23rd, 2010|Blog|

Mixing up Bishop’s Nonprofits and For-Profits

Wednesday evening, the ESLT garden hosted the business community for a Bishop Chamber Mixer.  The blossoming garden was a great setting to meet some new and old friends.  With the 3rd-graders’ sunflowers towering above, this mix of for-profit and nonprofit business representatives learned a bit about what ESLT is and how business is an integral part of a conservation easement. There are lots of opportunities to work together for the …continue reading

2017-03-10T14:14:31-08:00June 25th, 2010|Blog|

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|