ESLT a “Featured Friend” of the Sage Grouse Initiative!

All of us at ESLT would like to thank the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) for recognizing ESLT on the home page of its website as its first-ever “Featured Friend.” We are enormously proud of the honor, and are pleased to report that the SGI views our work preserving land in the Eastern Sierra as one of the more notable recent success-stories in efforts to save important sage grouse habitat. Read their article about our work by clicking here.

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“Every time the Eastern Sierra Land Trust helps private landowners preserve their lands, wildlife benefits, too.” – The Sage Grouse Initiative

The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership of ranchers, agencies, universities, non-profit groups, and businesses that embrace a common vision: wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching. Working in the 11 western states that are home to the sage grouse, the SGI uses the Farm Bill to help provide funding for important conservation projects that maintain habitat for this rare bird species.

On the local stage, sage grouse have been receiving quite a bit of attention in the last few weeks. The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently proposed that the Bi-State Population of Greater Sage Grouse – which lives exclusively in Eastern Sierra regions of California and Western Nevada – be categorized as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This recent development has focused attention on the possible impacts of the listing decision in public meetings hosted by the USFWS, County Supervisors chambers, and local news publications – such as The Sheet News, which recently published this informative report.

Stay tuned for updates about the classification of the Bi-State Population of Greater Sage Grouse – ESLT is committed to protecting vital habitat and supporting our agricultural heritage, and will keep you up-to-date on any important developments!

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