About Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Mission

Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values.

We work to help families preserve their working farms and ranches in the face of pressures to subdivide their properties. We work to help landowners protect our region’s critical habitats. We also work to offer the entire Eastern Sierra community, residents, and visitors the opportunity to connect with our treasured lands.

What does a land trust do?

Land trusts work with private landowners and the public to conserve working farms and ranches, natural areas, and cultural and biological resources. They may acquire lands, or set up voluntary land protection agreements with willing landowners, or mediate land trades between landowners and public agencies. Land trusts have existed for over 100 years; more than 1,700 are operating in the United States. Funded mainly by charitable donations and by private and government grants, these land trusts now conserve more than 37 million acres of land including scenic areas, hiking trails, critical wildlife habitats, farms and ranches, and historic landmarks. Most land trusts operate locally, providing crucial land-use tools for property owners and citizens concerned with conservation on private lands.