Eastern Sierra Land Trust   ◊   December E-Newsletter

© Kay Ogden
Last December, I told you I believe in Santa, and I won't apologize for it. I said I believe in Magic, the special kind that seems to happen this time of the year. Since it resonated with so many of you, I'd like to share my story again from last December...
I felt Magic last week here in Bishop, as we came together for our annual "Street of Lights" celebration. After a late-afternoon holiday parade, Santa greeted children at the community park as the town tree was lit with holiday lights. Main Street was adorned with old-fashioned snowflake lights hung on poles, local stores opened their doors with cheer and hope, and carolers strolled among vendors selling handmade goodies and hot chocolate.

Children laughed and I could see the hope and innocence in their beautiful faces.

As I stood on the sidewalk watching our veterans, first responders, school marching bands, 4-H Club, and our famous mules with bells on, I was filled with renewed hope and pride.

That evening was about our community coming together in support of one another, and that's the real magic of this time of year. I'm going to hold on to this lovely thread as I will future threads, and over time all the threads will weave into a beautiful fabric.

I wish you all hope, love, and peace... may the Magic of Santa surround you!

Happy Holidays,
Kay Ogden,  Executive Director

P.S. It's not too late to make an end of year donation in support of Eastern Sierra land conservation. Thank you for believing in our work!  
Wednesday, January 22nd, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Bishop, CA (map) 
Conservation partners and community members, please join us for snacks, drinks, and cheer! Let's kick off another decade of protecting this incredible region.
Protected Forever: Mormon Meadows in Bodie Hills                             
Bodie Hills, © Bob Wick, BLM
Thanks to our friends at The Wilderness Land Trust, important wildlife habitat in Bodie Hills is now protected for generations to come.
This beautiful place is home to Bi-State sage-grouse, pronghorn, black bear, and so much more. 

We will be working alongside The Wilderness Land Trust to restore wildlife habitat in Mormon Meadows, and it will eventually be transferred to public ownership.
A Wild and Working Mosaic                             
© Dwayne Leonard, Ranch Memories
Executive Director Kay Ogden's journey to our big wide Eastern Sierra .
"I just couldn't believe the majestic and crazy landscape that was unfolding before me as I rode my bike from Los Angeles to Mono Lake.
"It was a hot summer day long ago, and it was my first time in the Eastern Sierra, the first time I smelled rain on its desert sage, or saw its endless vast landscape dotted with charming small towns and ranchlands. I was hooked. Deeply and permanently..."
Video: The Science Behind Mammoth's Snowfall                             
Film © Mammoth Mountain
A NASA scientist, a weathercaster, a longtime Mammoth Mountain ski patroller, and a professor of snow hydrology walk into a gondola...
Together, they'll talk you through the science of how California's famous Eastside recreation destination continually tops the snowfall charts.

This short film is by Mammoth Mountain. Thank you to the Mountain for their generous support of ESLT and Eastern Sierra conservation!
Thank you for Protecting Your Eastern Sierra on #GivingTuesday!
Thanks to you and thanks to a generous longtime donor who matched your gifts, Giving Tuesday raised over $37,000 for the la nd and wildlife you love!  We are humbled by your generosity, and so grateful.

We have a lot of work to do in 2020. Your support is critical in ensuring that we continue to protect vital land, keep wildlife migration corridors open, and educate future protectors of this incredible region. Thank you - you make all this possible.

Thank you to two ESLT team members
Membership Coordinator Kristen Pfeiler and Land Stewardship Associate Andrew Ehlert are both moving on from their positions at ESLT to exciting new career opportunities. Huge thanks to them for their hard work, and we wish them the best of luck in their bright futures! 
Thank you for being a part of the ESLT family. Happy holidays!

Kay, Andrew, Carissa, Heather, Kristen, Marie, Sara, Sus, and our Board of Directors


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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