How Much is Enough?

An update on ESLT’s work to preserve the Round Valley Mule Deer Migration Corridor

Drum roll please . . . to date, ESLT has helped private landowners preserve 269 acres of open space in the Round Valley mule deer migration corridor. That is almost a square half mile!

Which begs the question, is 269 acres enough?

Enough is when the Round Valley mule deer have free and open access through the migration corridor to a healthy winter range. Forever.

Almost 2,500 mule deer migrate twice a year through the community of Swall Meadows, where their path is constricted through a one-mile wide bottleneck between the Wheeler Ridge and Owens River Gorge. ESLT will continue to work with willing private landowners to help them preserve their land as open space along the migration corridor.

Mule deer in the migration corridor in March. Photo by Stephen Ingram.

If you are interested in learning more about the story of the Round Valley mule deer or just want to get out on the land, please join use for our upcoming wildlife migration corridor field trip. This trip is planned for March 10 from 3-5pm and will be led by California Department of Fish & Game wildlife biologist Tim Taylor. If you would like more information or to sign up, please contact victoria@eslt.org or give us a call at (760) 873-4554.

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