Eastern Sierra Land Trust November Updates

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November 2023 • ESLT Express

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Sage Grouse at Desert Creek Ranch © Andie Stewart & Dalton Paley

As this time of giving thanks unfolds, I hope that you truly know how grateful all of us at ESLT are, because of you. Your generosity, through acts of kindness, unwavering support, and donations, deeply touches our hearts and strengthens our mission. We cherish every gesture and don’t take your contributions for granted.

Gratitude is powerful, and can bring immense joy and positivity into our lives. It is the act of being thankful and appreciative for the good things, big or small, that we have in our lives. Expressing gratitude not only benefits mental and emotional well-being, but strengthens our relationships with others, giving us a renewed sense of happiness and connection.

Whether you are with family or friends eating a traditional meal, preparing s’mores over a campfire, or walking in the tranquility of nature, I hope you are surrounded with kindness and support. Even amidst lively debates, like one of my own favorite table debates, the classic “dressing” vs. “stuffing” discourse, these moments are imbued with warmth and camaraderie.

So, whether you prefer dressing or stuffing, let’s all join in expressing gratitude as we gather with loved ones this season of thanks.

In search of words beyond ‘Thank You,’ I am yet to find any that truly express the depth of my appreciation. Until then, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all that you do.

With Gratitude,



Breaking News

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We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully closed on our first conservation easement in the state of Nevada, marking a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to preserve and protect vital landscapes. The property in focus is Desert Creek Ranch, a sprawling 1,228-acre ranch renowned for its natural beauty and ecological significance.

Watch a short film on this exciting news!

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Desert Creek Ranch © Andie Stewart & Dalton Paley

New Board & Staff

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ESLT is excited to announce the appointment of Marta Kurland, a dedicated real estate law expert and passionate land conservation advocate, to our Board of Directors.

Marta and her husband Jerry have had a second home in Mammoth since 2005 and enjoy spending as much time as possible hiking and exploring the outdoors with family and their two golden retrievers. Marta received her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law and has been a practicing transactional real estate lawyer for over 40 years, with extensive experience in

matters involving environmental law, easements and land trusts.

She also is a licensed California real estate broker. Marta is passionate about land conservation and forming positive relationships with landowners and the community to preserve our beautiful Eastern Sierra for future generations.

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We are thrilled to welcome Gena Wood as Program Associate, working to increase our community engagement.

Gena grew up in the suburbs of Chicago exploring the forest preserves of her backyard.

She graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in environmental management and protection and after 8 years working in Yosemite National Park, she made the transition to the east side of the Sierra and has called Bishop home since 2021. She loves rock climbing, birding, foraging for mushrooms, her bicycle, and watercolor painting.

Welcome to the team, Gena!

ESLT Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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ESLT’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Party
Thursday, December 14th 4:00pm-6:00pm
ESLT Office at 250 N. Fowler Street in Bishop

Join us as we get together with our conservation partners and community members. This will be a great opportunity to meet new staff and catch up with old friends.

This holiday party will feature an ugly sweater contest, with the contest winner receiving a prize. Hint: this prize may involve wine.

This get-together will be an outdoor event. We will gather around the fire and roast s’mores as we enjoy the sunset. Make sure to bring your coat! Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

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, Andie, Carissa, Claire, Darlene, Emmie, Gena, and our Board of Directors

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