Eastern Sierra Land Trust   ◊   February 2017 E-Newsletter
Eastern Sierra Land Trust


With all the snow, rain, flooding, mudslides, and road closures we've had recently, it has been a bit difficult to imagine spring. But hang in there: it's right around the corner.

I had a glimpse of it just a few days ago. Songbirds were singing, hummingbirds were humming, and a few early bulbs were stretching greedily towards the sun. Before long, the Eastern Sierra will be awash in the bright colors of spring.

Winter Herd of Mule Deer
Local deer herds have had a tough time with all this snow. They've been hanging out on the roads, so please be careful. Slower speeds will save human and wild lives.
And with all this precipitation, this particular spring promises to be a real show-stopper. I can't wait to see the wildflowers and gardens in full bloom.
 
Speaking of... now is the time to start thinking about your garden. We're planning for our Pollinator Garden Workshop, annual spring "GardenFest" celebration, and a local garden tour (read below for more). I hope you'll join us at one or all of these fun spring events.
 
Wishing you a speedy spring! I hope you are staying safe and cozy in the midst of all these storms.
 
Best,
Kay Ogden,  Executive Director
kay@eslt.org

P.S. -- Save the Date! Our party of the year, Lands & Legacy, is set for August 12 at Mammoth Mountain's Parallax Restaurant. I hope you'll join us as we celebrate the conservation successes you make possible.
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Native Plant and Pollinator Garden Workshop
Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Inyo Council for the Arts  (2300 W. Line St. in Bishop)
 
Butterflies, bees, and other pollinators are the key to a blooming backyard. Want to bring pollinators to your garden? At the free Pollinator Garden Workshop, learn everything you'll need to know to create your own pollinator haven. RSVP to indigo@eslt.org.
 
GardenFest
Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
ESLT Office Backyard  (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)
 
Join us as we welcome spring at GardenFest! At this fun, family-friendly community event, you'll have the opportunity to purchase plants, learn gardening tips and tricks, listen to music, sample local beers, enjoy a brick oven pizza cooked on-site, and more.
 
Pollinator Garden Tour
Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Meet at the  ESLT Office  (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)
 
Locals across the Eastern Sierra have been hard at work creating beautiful native plant and pollinator gardens. During the Garden Tour, you'll have the chance to see these lovely gardens in bloom, win participation prizes, and more. RSVP to indigo@eslt.org for garden map and directions.
 
Lands & Legacy Celebration
Saturday, August 12
Parallax Restaurant at Mammoth Mountain
 
Save the Date and join us at our Party of the Year: Lands & Legacy! At this annual fundraising weekend, come together with other ESLT supporters and raise a glass in honor of the Eastern Sierra  lands you've helped conserve forever.

The Key to a Blooming Garden
By creating a haven for pollinators in your yard, you can help keep the Eastern Sierra thriving

Pssst - do you know the secret to a blooming backyard?  Sun and soil are important, but it's bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that bring your garden to life year after year.
 
Yet pollinators are disappearing.  And as they suffer, so too does the beauty and productivity of the land you love - and all the families and wildlife that call it home.
 
Are you interested in creating a garden that will provide a safe haven for pollinators? Then join us for our third annual free Pollinator Garden Workshop on April 8th!

Your Voice is Needed
Take action to help save the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program

Since 2007, the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) has restored more than 13,000 watershed acres, monitored more than 2,000 sites, educated more than 165,000 individuals, recruited more than 33,000 volunteers, and contributed more than 475,000 hours of service. SNAP members are on the frontline of protecting and restoring the Sierra Nevada lands you love.
 
Yet we now stand to lose this important service that AmeriCorps provides. A recent report suggests that AmeriCorps funding may be on the top of the list to be cut under President Trump's new budget plan.
Stand the Test of Time
Join the Bristlecone Grove monthly giving club and support local conservation year-round

As some of the oldest living life forms in the world, Bristlecone pine trees have endured countless blizzards and droughts over the centuries. They're a living symbol of the Eastern Sierra's legacy, and their roots run deep. Bristlecone pines stand the test of time.
 
And Bristlecone donors are people like you who care deeply - they want conservation to stand the test of time, too.
 
As a monthly donor, you'll magnify your impact on the future of our wild and productive lands. You'll help make sure that the work we do together will last for generations.

Volunteers Make the Difference
We're rejuvenating our volunteer program this year, and hope you'll lend a hand
 
Our volunteers are the heart and soul behind local conservation. From clearing dangerous trash from important habitat, to installing wildlife-friendly fencing, to addressing envelopes, to helping inspire the next generation - and SO much more - volunteers like you work year-round to protect the Eastern Sierra lands and waterways you treasure.
 
This year, we're introducing new opportunities to get involved as a volunteer, and we'd love your help!
 
To join our volunteer team, please click below and fill out our quick, 2-minute survey:

EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST
 
ESLT 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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