My Year of AmeriCorps service with Eastern Sierra Land Trust is sadly coming to a close today. I have been serving the Sierra, along with 26 other Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members, since January. What a wonderful year it has been!

A group learning about the Round Valley mule deer herd on an ESLT field trip in 2010.

I want to thank each and every one of you that I have come to know this year. You have been teachers, supporters, friends, and family. You have inspired me to love and care for this beautiful region, a place I hold close to my heart.

A beautiful winter day at Big Hot Springs Ranch Conservation Easement.

Together, we have worked to fulfill ESLT’s mission to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra. We have helped families preserve their working farms and ranches in the face of pressures to subdivide their properties, and have worked to offer the entire Eastern Sierra community, residents, and visitors the opportunity to connect with our treasured lands.

A group studing the Inyo Star Tulip, in bloom for only two weeks each year at Benton Hot Springs Ranch Conservation Easment.

Due to the encouraging guidance, mentoring and support I’ve received from ESLT staff, I hope to pursue conservation work in the next phase of my life.

Three generations of AmeriCorps with Director of AmeriCorps program

SNAP Program Director, Do Lee, with three generations of ESLT AmeriCorps members Serena, Sarah, and Katie.

I hope you all have a warm holiday season and I look forward to staying in touch with this wonderful ESLT community.