Can you believe that it’s almost Labor Day? This summer has been filled with fun ESLT events and outings, and I was able to find time for a staycation: why leave a place that so many folks come to visit?

I wandered along creeks and lakes that were once threatened by water diversions. Dedicated folks banded together and fought for community rights and natural resources . Protections were eventually put in place at Owens Lake and Mono Lake, and restoration began.

It’s an old story. And it may be happening again: local ranchers with leases in the Long Valley and Little Round Valley areas were informed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) that the amount of water that is normally provided as part of the rancher’s leases would be severely cut back this summer by over 80 percent of historical allocations.

This is not an acceptable situation. We need a healthy balance of sustainable uses to ensure a strong local economy and protection for natural areas, wildlife habitat, and migration corridors.

And that’s why ESLT is part of a diverse and broad-based group of organizations and individuals working to help find solutions to keep local rancher’s livelihoods intact and the meadows green – meadows that are home to many species including the Bi-State sage grouse – while making sure that all of the citizens of Los Angeles do not go thirsty.

And that’s one of the reasons we are so proud to be certifying our 100 th pollinator garden this month: water conservation is an important part of our Eastside Pollinator Garden project. When we come together, we can find common ground and long-term conservation solutions that work for everyone.

Gratefully, Kay

PS: If you are interested in learning more about the Keep Long Valley Green issue, visit the Mono County website
Bi-State sage-grouse Volunteer Days
August 22 & 23, 9am-12pm
Join ESLT and the BLM as we team up to protect the iconic Bi-State sage-grouse by removing small trees that are invading critical habitat for this important species. Coffee and pastries will be provided . Learn more>>
Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Day
Saturday August 25, 8-10am
Calling all Volunteers! ESLT needs your help in keeping Hwy 395 beautiful by helping clean up our stretch of the highway. Learn more>>
The 10th Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup
Saturday, September 15, 9am- 12pm
Join us as we partner with organizations throughout the Sierra in the Great Sierra River Cleanup (GSRC), a statewide volunteer event that focuses on removing trash from Sierra Nevada waterways. Learn more>>
For more information on these events or to volunteer, please contact or call (760)873-4554
ESLT Will Certify its 100th Pollinator Garden this Month!
Thanks to local gardeners in Mono & Inyo Counties, we will certify our 100th Pollinator Garden on August 30. Now in its sixth year, ESLT AmeriCorps members lead the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project to address the rapid disappearance of pollinators around the world. For a first hand account, read the blog written by Ryan Delaney, ESLT's current AmeriCorps member.
Remembering Genny Smith
Sunday, Sept. 2, 12:30pm to Dusk
Hayden Cabin (Museum)
Presentations by ESLT, Mono Lake Committee, Friends of the Inyo, Southern Mono Historical Society, friends of Genny and others. Come hear great stories and learn about protecting the environment while enjoying food and drink, provided by Genny's family. Park at the Sierra Meadows Equestrian Center. Golf Carts will be provided for those who can use a lift.
ESLT Board Member Emeritus Tony Taylor Remembers Bill Taylor, Eastern Sierra Advocate
"Bill was always willing and available to share his experience and wealth of information," said Tony Taylor, ESLT Board Member Emeritus, and no relation to Bill Taylor. "My wife Sherryl and I went hiking and backpacking many times with Bill and his wife Sherry. Whether you were on the trails or in a meeting, you never had to worry about finding your way with Bill around. His passing is a huge loss to the Eastern Sierra community and will be felt by many people and organizations."

You will be missed Bill!
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