Wildfire Devastates Swall Meadows
From Kay Ogden, Executive Director
There are truly no words for these feelings – I think crying and hugging one another come closer to expressing what is bursting inside. Our close-knit community was hit hard on February 6th by the devastatingly intense Round Fire.
The statistics tell one part of the firestorm’s story: 7,000 burned acres. 40 homes in Swall Meadows and Paradise destroyed, including the home of ESLT founders Karen Ferrell-Ingram and Stephen Ingram. ESLT’s Wildlife Preserve and four easements were either destroyed or damaged, and countless friends and supporters are now sifting through the ashes for mementos from their lives.
For those who want to start working on restoring wildlife habitat, the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society shared some excellent advice: the biggest concern right now is preventing invasive plants from spreading, so grab your hoes and help scratch out the cheatgrass before it goes to seed. Though native plants are likely to regrow over time, you can also try re-seeding the scorched areas with locally-collected Inyo county seeds.
Preserving Vital Lands for People and Wildlife
The Eastern Sierra region of California and Nevada is rich in natural beauty and a strong agricultural legacy. Its working farms and ranches are scenic, historic, and a vital part of the region’s economy and rural character. Wildlife habitat is abundant and diverse, supporting fisheries, migrating deer herds, and ancient bird fly‐ways.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust recognizes that the land we share has long been used in a variety of ways. We work to preserve a healthy balance of uses — from ranching to hiking, wildlife habitats to favorite fishing spots — that can be sustained forever, ensuring a strong local economy and healthy environment for generations to come.