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Press Releases & Published Articles




November 19, 2015 – Fighting Climate Change by Saving Land

Efforts to prevent increases in greenhouse gas emissions throughout California have found an ally among Eastern Sierra land conservationists. 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.

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October 13, 2015 – New Book Reveals Campsites with the Most Privacy in the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley – Proceeds Aid ESLT’s Work!

. . .Kimberly and Patrick Wilkes teamed up to investigate the region’s campsites and author a book to share their favorites with other like-minded campers. Eastern Sierra and Death Valley Camping With Privacy: Your Guide to the Most Private Campsites Near Mammoth Lakes, Tuolumne Meadows, Death Valley, and Beyond is now the region’s definitive guide to choosing a perfect campsite. . .

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September 30, 2015 – Conservation Takes Flight: Keeping Sage-Grouse Aloft on Eastern Sierra Ranchlands

Maintaining safe habitat for the rare Bi-State Greater sage-grouse is no small task. This unusual ground-nesting bird is often found on ranchland, where good range management and sustainable grazing provide an ideal environment for sage-grouse to forage, perform their renowned courtship dances, and raise their chicks. New rangeland science has led to modified fence designs that reduce sage-grouse mortality, but old fencing left on the range still poses serious risks and barbed wire has been known to snare birds in flight. . .

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July 7, 2015 – Party for the Protection of California’s “Wild Side”

. . .With more than 10,000 acres of critically-important land in the Eastern Sierra now protected forever, the ESLT community has some monumental accomplishments to celebrate – and, more importantly, a future to plan. In celebration of its recent successes and its good work in store, ESLT invites members and friends to come together the weekend of July 25th and raise their glasses at ESLT’s 7th annual Lands & Legacy Celebration. . .

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April 22, 2015 - Local Partnership Keeps Bi‐State Sage Grouse Off Endangered Species List

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. . .

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April 14, 2015 - "Ring in the Spring" at ESLT's GardenFest

Spring is abloom, and the growing season is in full swing. Throughout the Eastern Sierra, birds sing merrily and butterflies dance from each sweet, fresh blossom to the next. In celebration of this time of growth and discovery, ESLT invites you to "ring in the spring" at its annual GardenFest. . .

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March 24, 2015 - Byng Hunt: On Board with ESLT

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is thrilled to welcome long-time Mammoth Lakes resident and Eastern Sierra advocate, Byng Hunt, to its Board of Directors.  Byng recently retired from his role as Mono County District 5 Supervisor, a position he had held since 1999. After supporting ESLT’s work as a member for many years, Byng is thankful for the opportunity to now help advance their important land conservation work in the Eastern Sierra by leading ESLT’s efforts. . .

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March 19, 2015 - Apply Today to become an AmeriCorps Member with ESLT

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 in Bishop with Eastern Sierra Land Trust. . .

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March 10, 2015 - Bring Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden This Spring: Sign Up Today to Receive Free Native Plants for Your Pollinator Garden

Have you considered creating a pollinator-friendly garden blooming with native plants, but don’t know where to start? Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are teaming up to help 20 local gardeners create habitat for bees, butterflies and more by giving away up to $200 per garden in free native plants. .

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January 20, 2015 - A Wilderness Protected: the Story of a Bright Future for Black Lake

When Michelle Browner first visited the Eastern Sierra, she found a landscape that spoke to her soul. In particular, it was not Mammoth or Mono, but the area around Benton that truly captivated her – with its charming, quiet character, spectacular ridges crowned with weathered pinion pine, and the smell of the high desert abloom with sage. The region was a piece of history come alive. . .

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January 13, 2015 - Eastern Sierra Land Trust is Hiring!

ESLT is looking to hire two new team members who care deeply about the future of the Eastern Sierra and are dedicated to protecting the region’s unique rural character. . .

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