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Eastern Sierra Land Trust Express: Grateful for You!



Dear Conservation Hero,

At this time of Thanks-Giving, I hope that you know how grateful for you all of us at ESLT are. You shower us with gifts of kindness, support, and donations, and we don’t take it lightly.

As we enter this magical season with fresh snowfall in the Sierra, I hope that you are able to spend meaningful time with your family and loved ones. Here at ESLT, we’re hosting an in-person holiday mixer outside at our office in Bishop on December 8th – wear your layers and come on over!

Wherever these upcoming weeks take you, I hope that you are surrounded by peace, hope, and harmony. For now, please accept my deepest gratitude for all of the ways you show your support for the critical work of ESLT.

With sincere thankfulness,

Kay Ogden
Executive Director/CEO, ESLT
(760) 873-4554,[email protected]

P.S. Save the date for our holiday mixer on December 8th!


Conservation News

Welcome to ESLT



We are thrilled to announce that Emmalyn Snead is joining ESLT as our new Land Stewardship Program Director!

Emmie joins us from Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) where she worked as a land steward and as the Natural Resources Program Manager. Her work with MDLT took her across California’s desert ecosystems, protecting and restoring vital desert habitats.

Emmie grew up on a farm in Virginia, where her love of the natural world and conservation took root. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Randolph College.

In her free time, Emmie can be found hiking, biking, or climbing with her dog, Boo.


From the Field: Monitoring Season Winding Down

Moody skies over the Sawtooth Mountains on a visit to Centennial Ranch Conservation Easement.

This fall, our former Land Stewardship Manager, Sara, returned to ESLT to complete our annual monitoring requirements as our new lands team was coming on board.

These monitoring visits are how we ensure that conservation values are upheld on all of the properties that ESLT either owns or holds conservation easements on.

They also allow us to connect with the visionary landowners that make permanent protection possible, while getting unique insights into the history and ecology of the region.

A mushroom hiding in a tree. A squirrel hung the mushroom to make jerky as a food source for the winter months. Photo taken at Sinnamon Meadows Conservation Easement.
Goats begging for a head scratch at Hunewill Ranch Conservation Easement.


UCSB Fall Seminar Series

Photo: Bob Wick, BLM

The UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System is back with their Fall 2022 Virtual Seminar Series. Make sure to check out the upcoming seminar on sage-grouse on November 15th.


30×30 Virtual Expo Series


California Natural Resource Agency’s 30×30 Virtual Expo Series continues this week. Registration is free, and each expo includes time for audience Q&A.

This series is an excellent way to stay up to date on our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaboratively protect 30% of the state’s land and coastal waters by 2030.

Full schedule & registration links are here.


Upcoming ESLT Events

Letter Stuffing Party
Monday, November 14th
10 am – 1 pm


We are looking for a few more volunteers to join us at the ESLT office on Monday, November 14th, to help stuff envelopes for our annual holiday mailing.

This is a fun get-together, and baked goods and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. If you would like to join, please email [email protected]


ESLT Holiday Mixer
Thursday, December 8th, 4-6 pm


Join our holiday mixer at the ESLT office as we get together with our conservation partners and community members. This will be a great opportunity to meet our new Lands Program directors.

We’ll lift our glasses in celebration as we prepare to kick off another year of protecting and caring for this incredible region.

RSVPs are appreciated, although not required.


Thank you for being a part of the ESLT family. With our caring landowners, volunteers, members, and supporters, we’re protecting a bright future for the Eastern Sierra.

Kay, Amanda, Amy, Byron, Carissa, Emmie, Heather, Sara, and our Board of Directors


(From Eastern Sierra Land Trust)

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