It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.”
―  Simone Signoret

Have you ever celebrated a benchmark where you felt like it began just yesterday and a spanned lifetime all at the same time? I had that extraordinary experience earlier this month reflecting on my time working with amazing members like you and Eastern Sierra Land Trust.

Five years ago, I embarked upon a new and adventurous journey: I became the next Executive Director of ESLT. What a ride it’s been- sometimes it feels like I’m riding up a mountain with a headwind, and sometimes it feels like a lovely turn of the pedals. Yet I am always surrounded and encouraged by a caring community that values the same things that I do: protecting the magical Eastern Sierra. As my beloved nephew says, this work “makes my heart sing." What a blessing!

Countless thanks go to Karen, Tony, Bob and Aaron who helped guide and teach me so much in those early days. Thanks to the absolutely wonderful Board, Staff and members who have helped ESLT grow, and to Land Trust Alliance’s Leadership program that showed me how to tap into unrealized potential. I couldn’t do this without everyone - including my loving and supportive honey, Jeff. It truly does take a village.

And thank you for being a part of the ESLT village - now let's go protect more land!

With gratitude,

Kay Ogden, Executive Director
Lands & Legacy Celebration ALMOST Sold Out!
Finding Hope and Resiliency in Nature
We have nearly sold out of tickets for our 10 th Annual Lands & Legacy weekend, June 8-10. Celebrate the hope and resiliency that can be found in nature. Everyone is invited to purchase tickets to this annual benefit and join friends, family and fellow conservation supporters as we raise a glass in honor of our conservation successes in the Eastern Sierra. If you're not able to join us and would still like to support the Paddle Raise, you can donate here .
Special Events at Lands & Legacy Celebration
Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner and Paddle Raise
Saturday, June 9 from 5pm-8pm
Parallax Restaurant, Mammoth Lakes ( map )

The Paddle Raise will give you a chance to protect what you cherish most. If conservation is going to stand the test of time, we have to get out ahead and conserve the special places that make the Eastern Sierra what it is. That’s often only possible because of the compassion and generosity of people like you.

Bodie’s Breadbasket: A Tour of Historic
Conway Ranch
Friday, June 8, 2pm-4pm

Guest speakers will share the historic role Conway Ranch had in feeding the hungry miners and local residents of Bodie and the Mono Basin. By grazing livestock and growing vegetables at  Conway Ranch , this ranch helped feed a population of over 10,000 during the booming gold mining era.
Snapping the Sierra: Nature Photography at Sinnamon Meadows
Sunday, June 10, 8am-12pm

Join photographers and ESLT board members Bill Dunlap and Rick Kattelmann to capture the magic of  Sinnamon Meadows Conservation Easement  in the morning light. Tour and capture this scenic, private ranchland under Dunderberg Peak near the beautiful Bridgeport Valley, not usually accessible without special permission from the landowner. 

Proposition 68:
Safe and Reliable Water for Families, Farms, and Businesses
Vote Yeson68 !

Proposition 68, the Clean Water and Safe Parks Act, is a $4.1 billion bond that will invest $142 million in conservation and natural resource protection in our Sierra/Cascade region alone. The Sierra Nevada region has suffered from a lack of long-term, stable funding to manage our critical natural resources and ensure the health and sustainability of our communities. Now more than ever, we need to come together to protect our environment and preserve our natural resources for the future.
The Seeds of Conservation
Begin with You
You can make sure that conservation grows year after year

 It’s amazing the impact one person can make.
That’s because every time you support conservation, you’re planting a seed – and seeds of every size can grow and bloom into something remarkable. Join us today.
Swall Meadows Volunteer Restoration Workday
Lend a Hand on the Land
June 21, 7:30am - 9:30am

Join ESLT’s volunteer team as we head out to our  Swall Wildlife Preserve  to restore important habitat for mule deer and other wildlife living in the Round Fire burn area! We’ll plant and water young bitterbrush starts – which, when fully developed, will serve as a key source of food and shelter for mule deer, birds, and more. Please contact us  or call (760) 873-4554 – we’d love to have your help!
Welcome New ESLT Family Members
We are thrilled to welcome Rick Kattelmann as new ESLT Board Member, Robert Sharp to the Finance & Investment Committee. and cott Burns to our Lands Committee. Read more about each of these additions to the ESLT family.
Rick Kattelmann
ESLT Board Member

Rick is a mostly-retired hydrologist who continues to work a little with water issues of the eastern Sierra Nevada. In the mid-1990s, he was the principal hydrologist for the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, during which he became aware of the critical importance of land trusts in conservation. That interest contributed to the founding of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Rick was on the ESLT’s board from the beginning until 2012 and has served as Treasurer, Vice-President, and Secretary. Since leaving the board, he has chaired the Lands Committee.
Robert Sharp
Finance & Investment Committee

Robert was born in Bishop and raised in the Eastern Sierra. He’s fourth generation to the Mono-Inyo counties area with strong historical family ties to Mammoth Lakes, Lee Vining, and Bridgeport. Robert obtained a bachelor’s degree in European Area Studies from Brigham Young University. He is currently the Vice President of the Eastern Sierra Community Bank. He enjoys hiking and exploring the Eastern Sierra, reading, learning, and serving his local communities. Robert is the Youth Service Director for the Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes, and was recently appointed to the Northern Inyo Health District Board of Directors.
Scott Burns
Lands Committee

Scott attended UC Santa Barbara & CSU Fresno, and obtained a Masters in City and Regional Planning. He served as planner/analyst with Fresno County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Nevada County Planning Department, Sacramento County LAFCO, & Sacramento County Planning Department. He has worked for over 33 years with Mono County, with 31 years serving as planning director and/or community development director. He and his wife Barbara reside in Mammoth Lakes, where they are enjoying transitioning into retirement, including visiting five grown children.
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.
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