Eastern Sierra Land Trust   ◊   September E-Newsletter


Note: This email has been updated to correct the date and time of our Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Day. 

The Cleanup will be on November 2nd from 9-11 a.m.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust
Kay in her garden this September

A few days ago as I drove to Reno, I was deep in thought about my appointments and to-do list while stopped at a stoplight. As we moved forward, I lifted my eyes and saw an ESLT sticker on the back of a car right in front of me! Seeing that sticker, in that moment, made everything else slide away. My thoughts refocused on the amazing work we are all accomplishing together here in the Eastern Sierra.

You do so much for this remarkable region as a member of our conservation community: You protect wide open spaces for wildlife and for future generations, and you help conservation values take root in our community.

We're certifying 15 new local Pollinator Gardens this month, for a total of 127! Our Eastside Pollinator Garden Project educates families about our mission, while greatly benefiting the birds and bees that help native plants bloom. When our pollinators thrive, so do the Eastern Sierra lands you care about, along with all the families and wildlife that call our region home.

Now that's what I call treasure!

With daylight starting to dwindle, I'm reminding myself that the time I spend in my special places is so important. One of these is my own certified Pollinator Garden, which is overflowing right now with its own treasures - sweet, juicy peaches and soft pears. Our ESLT staff and volunteers are enjoying them. If you are in the area, please give me a call - I'd love to give you some... or lots!

Thank you for ensuring a beautiful future for the Eastern Sierra. 

Kay Ogden,  Executive Director

P.S. If you were driving a pale green Forester with an ESLT sticker in the Minden/Gardnerville area - please drop me a line! And, thank you for inspiring me. 
Tuesday, October 29th, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust backyard, Bishop, CA (map)  
At our fall mixer, we'll be giving thanks to our incredible volunteers! Let's mingle with them as we enjoy delicious snacks and drinks.  All are welcome (with or without Halloween costumes!)
Saturday, November 2nd, 9 - 11 a.m.
Highway 395. Meet at ESLT's Office in Bishop, CA (map)  
We need your help keeping Highway 395 beautiful and trash free! Come join us for a fun morning of tidying up our adopted stretch of highway. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kristen Stipanov at kristen@eslt.org or call 760-873-4554.
Treasures: Finds from the Field                             
Sara Kokkelenberg, © ESLT
Piles of crystals, love letters, and a plastic witch head: these are just a few of the items our Stewardship Manager Sara Kokkelenberg has found while monitoring conservation easements.
"Knives, forks, pots, dish towels, I could go on . I have found California King-sized Harley blankets, life jackets, animal parts, historical artifacts, and all sorts of treasures where I least expected them.

"I'm waiting to find big foot, and when I do, I'll let you know..." 
11 Months Later, Hooked by the Eastside                             
Marie Ring, © ESLT
Marie Ring reflects on her first year of service as our Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member
She's staying for another year!
"Almost one year ago, I was packing my 2003 Volvo for the 3,000-mile cross-country trip from a small town in Maine to Bishop, California.

"At that point, I couldn't have told you much about Bishop, but I was thrilled to be beginning a service term with the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Program. It would only be a year and then I'd be right back in Maine... or at least that was my plan at the time." 
Fall Colors According to a Local Teen                             
Road at Sinnamon Meadows Conservation Easement, © ESLT
Be transported into a stunning aspen grove when you read Lyndsey Rowan's elegant prize-winning essay.
"More often than not, people have to travel great distances to be one with nature. However, sometimes a community is blessed with nature being right outside their front door. 

"Bishop is one of those communities. Around this time of year, the weather gets nippy, the days get shorter, the trees change color. Fall is a special time, especially here in the Eastern Sierra. My family and I decided to go on a short hike to Grass Lake, so we could admire the fall colors."
Thank You to Our Business Partners!                             
© Alex Fitch
We had a magical time at this year's Lands & Legacy Celebration. Many incredible local businesses helped make this year's event our most successful yet.
We are grateful for the businesses here in the Eastern Sierra who care about protecting our lands and waters. Would your business like to support local conservation while connecting with key Eastern Sierra residents and visitors? Click the link below to learn about business partnerships with ESLT.
Bodie Hills,  © Bob Wick, BLM
Do you love and value your public lands?

Would you like to show your appreciation and give back on National Public Lands Day? Our partners at the Bureau of Land Management, Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, and Friends of the Inyo will be hosting a day of land stewardship in the Bodie Hills on September 28th. 


Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with willing landowners to protect vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historic, and watershed values.

250 N. Fowler Street, Bishop CA 93514

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