Eastern Sierra Land Trust's Lands & Legacy

10th Annual Celebration Dinner and Weekend

Save the Date for ESLT's 2018 Lands & Legacy Celebration

Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10

Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 9: we hope to see you for our 10th annual "Party of the Year" - our Lands & Legacy Celebration!

We'll come together with conservation supporters from near and far, and raise a glass to the special places you've helped protect forever. We have lots of fun in store for that weekend, including tours of our conserved lands and our signature Benefit Dinner, taking place Saturday, June 9 at Mammoth Mountain's Parallax Restaurant.

Stay tuned - more details to come!


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Thank you to our generous sponsors of last year's Lands & Legacy:


Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

“Eastern Sierra Land Trust plays an important role in sustainability for the entire region,” said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO and Chairman Rusty Gregory. “Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is proud to support ESLT’s efforts to preserve our beautiful landscapes and open spaces. The scenic beauty of the Eastern Sierra not only enhances our enjoyment as residents, but keeps visitors coming back.”

Rusty Gregory and Mammoth Mountain support ESLT through generous annual donations and by hosting this annual event for ESLT. Facilities under permit from the Inyo National Forest.


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Tim and Pam Bartley

Table Hosts at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2017


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Ruth and Roger MacFarlane

Table Hosts at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2017


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Brynn Pewtherer, Tony and Sherryl Taylor

Table Hosts at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2017


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Betsey Tyler

Table Host at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2017


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Independent Project Press

Sponsor of ESLT's Lands & Legacy 2017


Past Lands & Legacy Events


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2017

Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13

At Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s 9th annual Lands & Legacy, our conservation community came together to celebrate the lands that are protected forever thanks to you. What a magical weekend we had – full of laughter, inspiration, tears, and visions of the beautiful future that we can create, here in the Eastern Sierra.

Our annual Benefit Dinner was hosted again by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at their Parallax Restaurant. During the dinner's Paddle Raise, guests jumped at the chance to support the projects and programs they care about most – causes that will have a major impact on the future of our lands and waters. Together with ticket sales, additional donations, and table sponsorships, Lands & Legacy exceeded our ambitious fundraising goal, raising more than any other event Eastern Sierra Land Trust has ever held.

Dinner guests also joined us that same weekend on one of two walking tours: at Benton Hot Springs Ranch to learn more about our ongoing restoration work there, and at the Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve, where guests explored the fascinating history of the area.

Read more about our 2017 Lands & Legacy >>


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2016

Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31

Hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, our 8th annual Benefit Dinner was held on Saturday, July 30 at Mammoth Mountain's stunning Parallax Restaurant. The evening included a delicious dinner, plenty of time to mingle with friends, and a Paddle Raise - which allowed guests to contribute directly to the conservation projects that you care about most.

Dinner attendees also joined us that same weekend for one of two free walking tours: at an ongoing conservation project in Bridgeport Valley on Friday afternoon, or at our Black Lake Preserve on Sunday morning.

Bringing together our conservation partners from across the state and beyond, this year's Lands & Legacy was fantastic fun. And it was so much more: it was a community coming together from all walks of life to stand side-by-side in support of our wild and working Eastside lands.

Read more about our 2016 Lands & Legacy >>


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2015

Friday, July 24 - Sunday, July 26

Every one of our Lands & Legacy Celebrations has been special and memorable - and this annual party only seems to get more fun and inspiring with each passing year.

2015's Celebration went further than ever before by raising much-needed funds to keep our boots on the ground protecting the places, plants, and creatures you treasure. We surpassed all projections and tripled our ambitious fundraising goal!

Thanks go to Mammoth Mountain and Rusty Gregory for hosting our Saturday night Benefit Dinner once more at their stunning Parallax Restaurant. Highlights from the evening include a delicious coursed dinner, back-by-popular-demand musical performance by Nina Gerber and Chris Webster, and a Paddle Raise: in which guests had the opportunity to contribute directly towards the projects and programs that they care about most.

The weekend also featured two walking tours out on the land: a Friday afternoon exploration of the Mono Basin's historic Conway Ranch, and a Sunday morning tour of the lovely Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve.

Read more about our 2015 Lands & Legacy on our Blog >>


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2014

Friday, August 22 - Saturday, August 24

Our 2014 Lands & Legacy Celebration was simply amazing – filled with inspiration, good food and company, and visions of the preserved open spaces in the Eastern Sierra’s future. Our sincere thanks go to Mammoth Mountain and Rusty Gregory for hosting our Saturday night Benefit Dinner on August 23 at their stunning Parallax Restaurant. At dinner, we introduced our new Legacy Award to recognize the inspiration, leadership, and commitment of two individuals who have made a powerful difference in the future of the Eastern Sierra: Sid Tyler and Tony Taylor. The evening’s highlights also included a silent auction and a spectacular Lands & Legacy Benefit concert by Nina Gerber and Chris Webster. This renowned musical duo wowed the crowd with their soulful ballads, jazzy tunes, and gorgeous folk songs. The following morning, we hosted a tour of ESLT’s historic Naylon conservation easement in Swall Meadows and observed some of the Eastside’s most accomplished painters in action as they captured the beauty of the protected landscape in their timeless works of art.


From start to finish, our 2014 Lands & Legacy Celebration felt like a lovely family gathering. Thank you to all our sponsors and attendees for supporting ESLT’s efforts to preserve our magnificent Eastern Sierra landscapes!


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2013

Friday, August 2 - Saturday, August 3

Hosted in conjunction with Rusty Gregory and Mammoth Mountain, Lands & Legacy 2013 included a walking tour on one of our conservation projects, followed by a social hour, benefit dinner, live music with local musicians String Theory, and fabulous silent auction with fine artwork, travel packages, and more. Our keynote speaker at the event was Rand Wentworth, President of the Washington D.C. - based Land Trust Alliance and national authority on land preservation. In addition to our events on Saturday, there was also an optional Friday evening reception and classical concert at the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, featuring the Felici Piano Trio and other noted musicians. Read more about the event on our blog, Eastern Sierra LandLines!


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Weekend 2012

Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22

During the weekend of July 20-22, ESLT featured events designed to showcase the dramatic Eastern Sierra landscape and connect ESLT supporters and members to this treasured land. NBA great, bicycle enthusiast, and ESLT member and supporter Bill Walton, participated in the weekend’s events. Friday, July 20, Bill Walton conducted a basketball clinic at the Mammoth High School in Mammoth Lakes. Saturday, July 21, the day began with a 23 mile Bike-Fun Ride along the beautiful scenery of the June Lake Loop in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The weekend culminated with a gala dinner sponsored by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Saturday, July 21. The evening’s celebration included a reception, dinner, silent auction, and entertaining program.


ESLT's Mammoth Mountain Extravaganza 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Western Roundup Dinner at the Mountainside Conference Center. The evening featured great western live music, cowboy poetry, and an exciting auction. Thank you to: Bonnie & Rusty Gregory; Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, LLC; Generous Donors to our Silent Auction; Bill Bramlette, ESLT Board Member and Landowner; Rosanne Higley, Marie Patrick, and Lee Ann Wood, events committee; Michael Lofthus, silent auction; and Stephen Ingram, slideshow.


ESLT’s Mammoth Mountain Extravaganza 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Village Conference Center, Grand Sierra Lodge

The evening included a fabulous dinner, drinks, guest speaker, live music, raffle, and auction featuring original works of art and exclusive Eastern Sierra getaway weekends.


Preserving the Eastern Sierra Legacy 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Mill, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

An evening which honored the work being done to preserve the Eastern Sierra and its unique legacy.