Eastern Sierra Land Trust   ◊   January 2018 E-Newsletter

BREAKING NEWS:
2,375 scenic acres of open meadows and wildlife habitat in Bridgeport Valley are now conserved for the future.
 
Congratulations - you did it! With your help and the generosity of local ranchers Joe and David Sceirine, we've permanently protected Bridgeport Valley's breathtakingly scenic and habitat-rich Sceirine Point Ranch.

This historic working ranch supports our local economy and provides an important home for wildlife like mule deer, sage-grouse, and waterfowl. Now, thanks to the long-term vision of the Sceirine brothers, the property's verdant meadows and ranching history will be preserved... Forever.

What a way to ring in the New Year - and you helped make it possible.

Stay tuned: we'll be sharing more about this special place in the coming weeks!

With gratitude,
Kay Ogden,  Executive Director

Funding for the Sceirine Point Ranch Conservation Project was provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, California Deer Association, and the California Climate Investments Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program.

Sceirine Point Ranch - now conserved forever.
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Open House Celebration at ESLT
Wednesday, January 31 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
ESLT office in Bishop ( map )
 
Join us as we meet and mingle with conservation partners 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 ryan@eslt.org.



Save the Date: Mule Deer Migration Corridor Field Trip
Saturday, March 3
 
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 ryan@eslt.org.
Carrying a Torch for Rare Desert Fish
Our restoration project at the Benton Ponds just took a big step forward.
 
On a bright, sunny morning towards the end of 2017, a plume of smoke could be seen rising up from the desert near Benton, CA. Where there's smoke, there's fire - and typically, flames like these spell trouble. But in this case, that smoke was cause for celebration.
 
With assistance from CDFW, CalFire, and landowner Bill Bramlette, we are now one step closer to reintroducing the rare Owens speckled dace to its historic home.

Conservation in Cowboy Country
Thanks to forward-thinking landowners and supporters like you, conservation in Bridgeport Valley is growing by leaps and bounds.

With its ranching history, irrigated meadows, vast scenic views, and thriving wildlife, Bridgeport Valley is a truly special place. Fortunately, ranchers in Bridgeport know how unique this valley is - and many of them have chosen to partner with ESLT to conserve their land for the future.

Conservation is "Taking Root"
Local kids are getting outside and learning about nature - and we're excited to help them grow.
 
"I asked my group of third graders to go and find a 'special spot' where they could sit still for ten minutes. Then, to make quiet observations for ten more minutes. Knowing how squeamish kids this age can be, I prepared for the worst.
 
"However, as the minutes passed, I didn't hear so much as a whisper. In fact, when I called my group back, many students didn't want to leave. There was a sense of calm that seemed to have washed over everyone. I couldn't believe it..."

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.

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