DeChambeau Creek Conservation Easement

Special Values: This donated conservation easement sits at the very western edge of the Mono Basin, where the perennial spring-fed DeChambeau Creek drainage enters the lake basin. The property includes seasonal moist meadows, aspen groves, and sagebrush habitat.


Numerous wildlife and bird species use this property and the associated waterway as habitat and a corridor between adjacent public lands and the lake basin below. Mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, coyotes, bobcats, striped and spotted skunks, gray fox, and long-tailed weasel, to name a few wild inhabitants. Of the 150 bird species identified on the property, a few species of local interest include Yellow Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Meadowlark, American Kestrel, and MacGillivray’s Warbler. The sensitive Willow Flycatcher has been observed on the property as a migrant.


The property has been homesteaded since the late 1800’s, and contains portions of the original Silvester and DeChambeau homesteads. Agriculture continues in the form of a small scale farm and garden.