Local Non-Profit Eastern Sierra Land Trust Participating in Giving Tuesday

Land Protection Takes Muddy Boots on the Ground Year-Round

Local Non-Profit Eastern Sierra Land Trust Participating in Giving Tuesday

Bishop, CA. Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is joining organizations around the world on November 29th by participating in the Giving Tuesday global generosity movement.
Assessing, monitoring, and stewarding over 21,000 acres of protected Eastern Sierra land takes muddy boots on the ground throughout the year. Community and member support maintains a culture of local conservation and keeps land stewardship teams in the field.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity initiative that encourages people and organizations to invest in their communities. Over the past ten years, the idea has inspired hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, volunteer, and celebrate generosity.

Last year, ESLT received generous donations on Giving Tuesday that allowed their lands team, volunteers, and community members to get out on protected Eastern Sierra lands and help with the many time-consuming physical components of land conservation such as restoring wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and removing trash.

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Diligent land monitoring requires significant time on the ground, ensuring the land is being conserved according to conservation agreements.

“As winter arrives in the Eastern Sierra, we are still getting our boots dirty, monitoring
and stewarding protected lands in-person, upholding our conservation easement
agreements with our voluntary landowners,” shared Kay Ogden, ESLT’s Executive
Director/CEO. “Our community has shown us incredible support for these legally
required responsibilities during Giving Tuesday in years past, and we are tremendously
grateful for their generosity.”

Each year, ESLT conducts monitoring visits on each property that the organization owns
or holds conservation easements on. These visits entail hundreds of hours in the field,
observing land to ensure conservation agreements are upheld, doing physical restoration work, and working with willing landowners to ensure their visions for their property are realized.

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Land stewardship covers lots of ground in remote places. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to keep stewardship teams in the field, working on the physical parts of land protection and restoration.

Since its founding in 2001, ESLT has protected over 21,900 acres of natural and working lands in the Eastern Sierra: from a mule deer migration corridor in Swall Meadows, to the Mono Basin’s iconic Conway Ranch, to large swathes of wide-open working lands in Bridgeport Valley – and much more. A vital component of the organization’s work is getting staff, volunteers, students, and community members onto the land to physically steward it and support a local culture of conservation.

As the new year approaches, key focuses for ESLT include expanding land and wildlife
habitat protection, representing all Sierra voices in California’s 30×30 Initiative, and
increasing equitable access to Eastern Sierra land.

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Monitoring work takes getting muddy boots onto the ground.

To strengthen local conservation, consider participating in Giving Tuesday this
November 29th by supporting Eastern Sierra Land Trust or other nonprofits whose work
inspires you. Volunteering opportunities are available and are an effective and hands on
way to make a difference year-round.

About Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is a nationally accredited land trust based in Bishop, CA.
ESLT, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, works with willing landowners to protect vital
lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational,
historical, and watershed values. Learn more about ESLT’s work and how to get involved at www.eslt.org.

(From Eastern Sierra Land Trust)

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