Proposition 68: Investing in Our Future

This June, California residents will vote on a game-changing initiative in local conservation. Proposition 68, the Clean Water and Safe Parks Act, will put $4 billion to work to address our state's most critical water, park, and natural resource needs. This is the largest proposed investment in natural resources and underserved communities in California's history. It is the first natural resources bond passed by the CA state legislature in fifteen years, and …continue reading

2018-04-19T17:40:30-07:00April 3rd, 2018|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|

Important Wildlife Migration Corridor Expanded

ESLT members and partners save more critical habitat In an exciting new project, John and Ivie Wilson, longtime landowners in Swall Meadows, have just sold 60 acres of critical deer habitat to Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) for permanent preservation. To ensure that wildlife have room to roam, ESLT works with farsighted landowners who want to permanently protect the critical habitats on their land. John Wilson is the great-grandson of …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:25-08:00December 16th, 2011|Blog, Press Releases, Volunteer|

LADWP to hold Owens Valley Solar Power Public...

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold a public meeting to discuss concepts for building solar power generation facilities in the Owens Valley. David Freeman, LADWP Interim General Manager, will be at the First United Methodist Church on 205 N. Fowler St. in Bishop on Monday, January 11, at 7 pm. Owens Valley stakeholders will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about LADWP's concepts for developing …continue reading

2017-03-10T14:14:33-08:00January 4th, 2010|Blog|

GPS workshop a success!

Last Saturday 14 interested folks came out to our Crowley Hilltop Preserve to learn about working with Global Positioning Systems (GPS). This fun group had signed up for the workshop to become more familiar with their own receivers or learn more before getting one of their own. The group included people who had never touched a GPS before to those who use them regularly for work, and even a couple who is …continue reading

2017-03-10T14:14:34-08:00November 23rd, 2009|Blog|

Benton Hot Springs Ranch field trip

On May 16, 2009, locals and visitors gathered at the Benton Hot Springs Ranch conservation easement, just outside of Benton, to have a morning adventure of birding and botanizing. Led by Claus Engelhardt of the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, Stephen Ingram of the California Native Plant Society, Karen Ferrell-Ingram of the ESLT, and Bill Bramlette, landowner, the morning was full of natural history tidbits. Bill shared his four- generation perspective …continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:58-08:00May 18th, 2009|Blog|

When in Rome: Quick History of Land Trusts

For those who live, work, and play in the Eastern Sierra, its easy to know why people want to preserve and protect this unique place. Conservation Easements, used by the ESLT and other land trusts, are a handy tool to do just that (www.easternsierralandtrust.org/Pages/Agreements.htm). However, unbeknownst to many is that land trusts and conservation easements are home-grown, American ideas. Who can't appreciate something as American as land conservation? While the ancient Romans …continue reading

2017-03-03T15:48:01-08:00February 22nd, 2009|Blog|