Dear Conservation Hero,
As we say goodbye to 2022, I want to tell you about some of the meaningful work that your support drives.
You may know that we partner with willing landowners to permanently protect their land’s wildlife habitat as well as its scenic and recreational value.
Did you know that we also work with willing landowners to transfer inholdings and other private lands to public ownership and management?
Inholdings, privately owned land surrounded by public land, are scattered throughout the Eastern Sierra, and they are vulnerable to undesirable development that fragments wildlife habitat and disrupts access to wide-open landscapes.
When we came together with partner organizations in 2019 to purchase and transfer a 49-acre inholding in Lundy Canyon, a vital piece of bighorn sheep habitat was protected from development. The acquired land was donated back into Inyo National Forest and the Hoover Wilderness – connecting public lands and ensuring cohesive management.
The benefits went beyond habitat protection. For the child whose favorite hike meanders up the canyon, their experiences will be of brilliant fall colors and spectacular waterfalls.
As an accredited land trust, ESLT has the expertise and trust of willing landowners to acquire inholdings at fair market value, hold, insure, and steward them, while working with local, regional, state, and federal land managers to transfer them into public ownership.
ESLT has successfully protected and transferred multiple projects into public hands. We are currently in the process of transferring 1,800-acres of purchased or donated lands into public ownership – but we need your support to advance these time-consuming and vitally important projects in 2023.
With your tax-deductible year-end gift, you can protect and reconnect critical inholdings that are on the market right before they are lost forever. Your support provides landowners multiple ways to permanently safeguard the future of their land, to the benefit of wildlife and our future generations.
Wishing you meaningful times connecting with your friends and family this holiday season.
With sincere gratitude,
Kay Ogden, Executive Director/CEO
[email protected], (760) 873-4554
P.S. Your gift today protects high-priority Eastern Sierra lands and inholdings before they are lost forever. You are conserving wide-open nature for everyone to enjoy. Thank you!
(From Eastern Sierra Land Trust)