Greetings!

Yes, I believe in Santa, and I won't apologize for it. I believe in Magic.

A few weeks ago here in Bishop, we came together for our annual "Street of Lights" celebration. After an early-evening 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 the poles, local stores opened their doors with cheer and hope, and carolers strolled among vendors selling handmade goodies and international coffee.

Children laughed and l 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 a donation in support of Eastern Sierra land conservation. Thank you for believing in our work!
SAVE THE DATE!
ESLT open house 2018
Open House Celebration at ESLT
Wednesday, January 23rd
5-6:30pm
ESLT office in Bishop

Join us as we meet and mingle with conservation partners and members like you, then lift our glasses to celebrate a GREAT start to the New Year. Your RSVP is helpful - if you plan to attend, please email  marie@eslt.org .
mule deer tour participants
Mule Deer Migration Field Trip
Saturday March 2

Are you curious to learn about how the Round Valley mule deer herd and other wildlife living in our local migration corridor are doing? Join us and special guest Timothy Taylor, California Department of Fish & Wildlife Biologist and mule deer expert, as we "Explore the Corridor." More details to come soon! Please RSVP to marie@eslt.org .
For more information on these events or to volunteer, please contact marie@eslt.org or call (760)873-4554
ESLT Press
Fall/Winter 2018 SierraScapes Newsletter and 2017 Annual Report is Hot off the Press!
Inside, you'll read about mule deer on the move, finding a patch of joy, how you've brought national recognition to ESLT, what happens when wetlands go without water, the latest in land stewardship projects, connecting kids with nature, ESLT's 2017 financial summary, and more!
For Future Generations of Ranchers and Sage Grouse
One of our partners put together a great visual story about Sceirine Point Ranch , our largest conservation project yet. Thanks to you, ESLT was able to collaborate with a great team to save this Bridgeport Valley land for ranching and wildlife. Featured on the USDA's #FridaysOnTheFarm, meet the Sceirine's, who safeguarded their 2,375 acre ranch from future development while helping sage-grouse.
The Path to Perpetuity
Featured in the Land Trust Alliance's Fall 2018 issue of Saving Land and on their blog is, again, Sceirine Point Ranch ! This quick read highlights our largest conservation project yet, how it makes a difference for the ranching family and avoids greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to you and supporters like you who make Eastern Sierra conservation successes like this possible.
Meet Who's New (and Returning) to ESLT
Welcome, Rick Kattelmann, back to ESLT Board of Directors
ESLT is pleased to welcome  Rick Kattelmann  back to our Board of Directors! He is one of ESLT's founders and served on our board for the first 11 years, and is the Chair of our Lands Committee. Rick is a retired (mostly!) hydrologist who specializes in watershed management and snow hydrology, and has done lots of studying and exploring in the Eastern Sierra. His extensive hydrology expertise is a welcome addition to the ESLT team. Welcome back, Rick!
And, Welcome, Robert Sharp, to ESLT Board of Directors as Treasurer
We are pleased to welcome Robert Sharp to our Board of Directors as our new Treasurer, and as Chair of our Finance & Investment Committee. Robert had previously been serving on our Finance & Investment Committee. As ESLT continues to grow, so do the governing responsibilities of our board members, and Robert brings his strong financial background to help move us forward. Get to know him by visiting the Staff & Board page on our website and click on Robert's photo. Please help us welcome him to our ESLT team!
Welcome, Marie Ring, our new Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member
Marie joined the ESLT team in October 2018 and is excited for all of the new opportunities to come. Although she was born and raised in Maine, the Eastern Sierra has always been a place she’s wanted to explore. While serving with ESLT, Marie is looking forward to working with children to get them excited about the environment at a young age and connecting the community to the Eastern Sierra. When not working, you can often find Marie spending time outside exploring new hiking trails, reading in her hammock or trying to become friends with any dogs she comes across.
Marie Ring AmeriCorps Member
EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST
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 St., Bishop CA 93514
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