Breaking News: Announcing the 2013 “Lands and Legacy” Keynote Speaker!

Every August, ESLT’s popular “Lands and Legacy” weekend draws members and friends from all over the U.S. to the town of Mammoth Lakes. This annual event celebrates the community spirit of the Eastern Sierra, and highlights the work ESLT does to preserve vital lands in our region.


Rand Wentworth, President of the Land Trust Alliance, will be sharing his story and insights on land conservation at this year’s Lands and Legacy Celebration on August 3.

We are excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Rand Wentworth, President of the Washington D.C. – based Land Trust Alliance. This prominent and respected organization supports land trusts and conservation efforts nationwide, and provides accreditation to worthy groups like ESLT.

Mr. Wentworth has been president of the Land Trust Alliance since March 2002, and is an authority on land preservation. He has testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and has received numerous awards and accolades. Mr. Wentworth will tell the story of how vital land conservation is to local communities such as ours.

Rand’s own story is as noteworthy as his long list of accomplishments. Before joining the Alliance in 2002, Mr. Wentworth served as vice president of the Trust for Public Land, founding their Atlanta office and launching a 160-mile greenway along the Chattahoochee River. Before this, he was president of an Atlanta-based commercial real estate development company during the boom years of the 1980’s. We’re inspired by this dramatic career shift, and hope to hear more about his conversion to conservation and his decision to “take a stand for the land.”

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ESLT’s annual Lands and Legacy weekend celebrates the dedication of our community and our work to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra.

Co-hosted by Rusty Gregory and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Lands and Legacy 2013 will be held in Mammoth Lakes on Saturday, August 3, and will include a walking tour on one of our easements, a gala dinner, silent auction, and more.

The dinner will be held at the Mountainside Conference Center at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and we’ve reserved a block of hotel rooms at the nearby Mammoth Mountain Inn at discounted rates. We encourage everyone to book early, as the popular beer and music festival, Bluesapalooza, is happening that same weekend in Mammoth Lakes – one more reason to plan a summer trip to the High Sierra! Visit our website’s events page for more details, or contact

If you would like to reserve a room for the event at Mammoth Mountain Inn at our group rate, click here and use Group ID #16354, password: 37001032.