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Press Releases & Published Articles


December 16, 2011 - Important Wildlife Migration Corridor Expanded
In an exciting new project, John and Ivie Wilson, longtime landowners in Swall Meadows, have just sold 60 acres of critical deer habitat to Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) for permanent preservation. To ensure that wildlife have room to roam, ESLT works with farsighted landowners who want to permanently protect the critical habitats on their land. John Wilson is the great-grandson of Owens Valley pioneer Joseph Swall. Press Release [PDF]

November 15, 2011 - Preserving the Rural Character and Prime Soils of Mono County
Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s latest conservation project is a beautiful farm tucked under the towering White Mountains, north of Bishop. Richard Moss and his wife Barbara have preserved their organic alfalfa farm, known as Cinnamon Ranch, in the Hammil Valley. The Moss’ purchased the ranch in 1970, making alfalfa hay the primary agricultural product from the ranch. These long-time landowners retain title and management of their property, while designating how their land may be used now and in the future. Press Release [PDF]

August 16, 2011 - Land and Legacy - Preserving the Heart of Swall Meadows
When Bob Naylon traveled to the Eastern Sierra in the 1980’s, he was looking for a large open piece of land to call home. “I found this piece of Swall Meadows and it was beautiful,” Bob says, “and I bought it.” Over time, Bob and his wife Lee began to think about options to keep their property from development. “I have always been interested in land conservation, and it finally came to where we wanted to do something to protect our land.” Press Release [PDF]

July 11, 2011 - Critical Wildlife Habitat Preserved
Eastern Sierra landowner Tina Bundy Nappe and her family have permanently preserved her 60 acres for future generations. Her land, know as Willow Flat, which includes a half a mile of the Little Walker River, has now been preserved with a conservation easement, a voluntary binding land protection agreement between the landowner and Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Press Release [PDF]

June 7, 2011 - ESLT's Mammoth Extravaganza
Eastern Sierra Land Trust is excited to announce an exciting special event which will showcase over 60 artists portraying the natural beauty of our region, capped off by a fun Western Roundup Dinner sponsored by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. The Mammoth Extravaganza, an evening of art and land conservation, will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Press Release [PDF]

April 22, 2011 - Tony Taylor: Eastern Sierra's Accidental Environmentalist
He is the Accidental Environmentalist. Tony Taylor, of Mammoth, is the president of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. He didn't take over the job, he just kind of fell into it. Ten years ago, he found himself chatting with Swall Meadows' Stephen Ingram and Karen Ferrell-Ingram one day. . . Mammoth Times Published Article [PDF]

March 14, 2011 - Eastern Sierra Land Trust Earns National Recognition
Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Press Release [PDF]

January 7, 2011 - Tax Incentive Renewed through 2011!
Congress just renewed a tax incentive for private landowners — especially working family farmers and ranchers — who protect their land with a voluntary conservation agreement. The incentive, which had expired at the end of 2009, helped Eastern Sierra Land Trust work with willing landowners in our community to preserve 635 acres of natural areas between 2006 and 2009. Press Release [PDF]

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