EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST

Address
PO BOX 755
BISHOP, CA 93515
Contact
Website: http://www.eslt.org
Phone: +1 (760) 873-4554
Nonprofit
NTEE: C34 - Land Resources Conservation
EIN: 77-0566099

Mission

ESTABLISHED IN 2001, EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST (ESLT) WORKS WITH WILLING LANDOWNERSTO PRESERVE VITAL LANDS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA REGION FOR THEIR SCENIC, AGRICULTURAL,NATURAL, RECREATIONAL, HISTORICAL, AND WATERSHED VALUES. ESLT RECOGNIZES THAT THELAND WE SHARE HAS LONG BEEN USED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS, AND WE WORK TO PRESERVE AHEALTHY BALANCE OF USES FROM RANCHING TO HIKING, WILDLIFE HABITATS TO FAVORITEFISHING SPOTS THAT CAN BE SUSTAINED FOREVER, ENSURING A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY ANDHEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.ESLT WORKS TO HELP FAMILIES IN THE FACE OF PRESSURES TO SUBDIVIDE THEIR WORKINGFARMS AND RANCHES, WE WORK WITH LANDOWNERS TO PROTECT THE REGIONS CRITICAL HABITATS, WE WORK TO OFFER THE ENTIRE EASTERN SIERRA COMMUNITY, RESIDENTS AND VISITORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH OUR TREASURED LANDS, WILDLIFE AND A RURAL HERITAGE THAT HEARKENS BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE GREAT AMERICAN FRONTIER.
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Basic features of the organization
Year of formation2001
Subsection code03
PF filing required0    
Form of organization
CorporationTrue
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$78,725.00$74,500.00$90,183.00$88,600.00$60,682.00
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$78,725.00$74,500.00$92,140.00$103,360.00$77,578.00
Number of employees86667
Number of people compensated >$100k00000
Number of volunteers2004580100100
Number of highly compensated contractors0000 
Personnel
Bartley, Tim
TitleBOARD MEMBERBoard MemberDirector  
Name of key/compensated personTIM BARTLEYTim BartleyTIM BARTLEY  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00  
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00  
Bramlette, Bill
Title   DirectorDirector
Name of key/compensated person   BILL BRAMLETTEBILL BRAMLETTE
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director   TrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org   2.002.00
Reportable compensation from org   $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs   0.000.00
Dunlap, William
TitleBOARD MEMBER    
Name of key/compensated personWILLIAM DUNLAP    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org1.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Ferrell-Ingram, Karen
Title  FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOREXECUTIVE DIRECTOREXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Name of key/compensated person  KAREN FERRELL-INGRAMKAREN FERRELL-INGRAMKAREN FERRELL-INGRAM
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org  15.0040.0040.00
Reportable compensation from org  $22,140.00$49,313.00$64,528.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00$0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs  0.000.000.00
Gardner, Bob
Title   Treasurer 
Name of key/compensated person   BOB GARDNER 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director   True 
Average hours per week working for org   6.00 
Reportable compensation from org   $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00 
Average hours per week working for related orgs   0.00 
Gardner, Robert
TitlePresidentVP & PresidentPresident/TREAS Director
Name of key/compensated personROBERT GARDNERRobert GardnerROBERT GARDNER ROBERT GARDNER
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue True
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00 2.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00 0.00
Higley, Rosanne
Title    Director
Name of key/compensated person    ROSANNE HIGLEY
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director    True
Average hours per week working for org    2.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs    0.00
Hunewill, Jan
TitleBOARD MEMBERBoard MemberDirectorDirectorDirector
Name of key/compensated personJAN HUNEWILLJan HunewillJAN HUNEWILLJAN HUNEWILLJAN HUNEWILL
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.002.002.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.000.000.00
Hunt, Byng
TitleTreasurerTreasurer   
Name of key/compensated personBYNG HUNTByng Hunt   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00   
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.00   
Kattelmann, Richard
Title    Secretary
Name of key/compensated person    RICHARD KATTELMANN
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director    True
Average hours per week working for org    6.00
Reportable compensation from org    $5,850.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs    0.00
Keller, Randy
TitleSecretarySecretarySecretarySecretary 
Name of key/compensated personRANDY KELLERRandy KellerRANDY KELLERRANDY KELLER 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.004.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.000.00 
Ogden, Kay
TitleExecutive Dir.Exec DirectorEXECUTIVE DIRECTOREXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personKAY OGDENKay OgdenKAY OGDENKAY OGDEN 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org40.0040.0040.0040.00 
Reportable compensation from org$78,725.00$74,500.00$70,000.00$46,667.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00 
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.000.00 
Parsons, Joanne
TitleBOARD MEMBERBoard Member   
Name of key/compensated personJOANNE PARSONSJoanne Parsons   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00   
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.00   
Patrick, Marie
TitleVice PresidentBoard MemberDirectorSecretaryDirector
Name of key/compensated personMARIE PATRICKMarie PatrickMARIE PATRICKMARIE PATRICKMARIE PATRICK
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.002.002.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.000.000.00
Pewtherer, Brynn
TitleBOARD MEMBER    
Name of key/compensated personBRYNN PEWTHERER    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org1.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Richmond, Will
TitleBOARD MEMBERBoard MemberDirectorDirectorDirector
Name of key/compensated personWILL RICHMONDWill RichmondWILL RICHMONDWILL RICHMONDWILL RICHMOND
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrueTrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.002.002.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.000.000.00
Sage, Orrin
Title    Vice President
Name of key/compensated person    ORRIN SAGE
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director    True
Average hours per week working for org    4.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs    0.00
Taylor, Tony
Title Board MemberVice PresidentPresidentPresident
Name of key/compensated person Tony TaylorTONY TAYLORTONY TAYLORTONY TAYLOR
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director TrueTrueTrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org 1.001.008.008.00
Reportable compensation from org $0.00$0.00$7,380.00$7,200.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs 0.000.000.000.00
Tyler, Sid
Title   Vice PresidentTreasurer
Name of key/compensated person   SID TYLERSID TYLER
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director   TrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org   4.004.00
Reportable compensation from org   $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs   0.000.00
de Bethizy, Heather
Title   DirectorDirector
Name of key/compensated person   HEATHER DE BETHIZYHEATHER DE BETHIZY
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director   TrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org   2.002.00
Reportable compensation from org   $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs   0.000.00
Purpose: mission, activities, & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesEASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST (ESLT)WORKS WITH WILLING LANDOWNERS TO PRESERVE VITAL LANDS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA REGION FOR THEIR SCENIC, AGRICULTURAL, NATURAL, RECREATIONAL, HISTORICAL, AND WATERSHED VALUES.Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values.PARTNERS WITH PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND THE PUBLIC TO PERMANENTLY PRESERVE THE REGION'S SPECIAL PLACES.PARTNERS WITH PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND THE PUBLIC TO PERMANENTLY PRESERVE THE REGION'S SPECIAL PLACES.PARTNERS WITH PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND THE PUBLIC TO PERMANENTLY PRESERVE THE REGION'S SPECIAL PLACES.
Program service expenses, total$429,165.00$278,533.00$354,112.00$312,430.00$277,675.00
Programs, including revenue & expenses
ESLT HAS WORKED WITH PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND OTHERS TO PRESERVE ALMOST 10,500 ACRES OF CRITICAL HABITATS, WORKING FARMS AND RANCHES, AND THE INCREDIBLE SCENIC BEAUTY OF OUR REGION. NUMEROUS OTHER IMPORTANT LAND CONSERVATION PROJECTS ARE CURRENTLY IN PROCESS.
Program expenses  $209,383.00$176,292.00$162,804.00
Program description  ESLT HAS WORKED WITH PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND OTHERS TO PRESERVE ALMOST 10,500 ACRES OF CRITICAL HABITATS, WORKING FARMS AND RANCHES, AND THE INCREDIBLE SCENIC BEAUTY OF OUR REGION. NUMEROUS OTHER IMPORTANT LAND CONSERVATION PROJECTS ARE CURRENTLY IN PROCESS.ESLT HAS WORKED WITH PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND OTHERS TO PRESERVE ALMOST 8,000 ACRES OF CRITICAL HABITATS, WORKING FARMS AND RANCHES, AND THE INCREDIBLE SCENIC BEAUTY OF OUR REGION. NUMEROUS OTHER IMPORTANT LAND CONSERVATION PROJECTS ARE CURRENTLY IN PROCESS.ESLT HAS WORKED WITH PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND OTHERS TO PRESERVE ALMOST 8,000 ACRES OF CRITICAL HABITATS, WORKING FARMS AND RANCHES, AND THE INCREDIBLE SCENIC BEAUTY OF OUR REGION. NUMEROUS OTHER IMPORTANT LAND CONSERVATION PROJECTS ARE CURRENTLY IN PROCESS.
ESLT SUPPORTERS/MEMBERS RECEIVE NEWSLETTERS, EMAILS, AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS TO KEEP THEM INFORMED AND AWARE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE ORGANIZATION. SPECIAL EVENTS ARE HELD ON OCCASION TO CELEBRATE NEW PROJECTS AND TO HONOR THE LANDOWNERS AND SUPPORTERS WHO MAKE THE WORK POSSIBLE.
Program expenses  $61,777.00$42,558.00$56,809.00
Program description  ESLT SUPPORTERS/MEMBERS RECEIVE NEWSLETTERS, EMAILS, AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS TO KEEP THEM INFORMED AND AWARE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE ORGANIZATION. SPECIAL EVENTS ARE HELD ON OCCASION TO CELEBRATE NEW PROJECTS AND TO HONOR THE LANDOWNERS AND SUPPORTERS WHO MAKE THE WORK POSSIBLE.ESLT SUPPORTERS/MEMBERS RECEIVE NEWSLETTERS, EMAILS, AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS TO KEEP THEM INFORMED AND AWARE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE ORGANIZATION. SPECIAL EVENTS ARE HELD TO CELEBRATE NEW PROJECTS AND TO HONOR THE LANDOWNERS AND SUPPORTERS WHO MAKE THE WORK POSSIBLE.ESLT SUPPORTERS/MEMBERS RECEIVE NEWSLETTERS, EMAILS, AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS TO KEEP THEM INFORMED AND AWARE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE ORGANIZATION. SPECIAL EVENTS ARE HELD TO CELEBRATE NEW PROJECTS AND TO HONOR THE LANDOWNERS AND SUPPORTERS WHO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE.
ESTABLISHED IN 2001, EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST (ESLT) WORKS TO PERMANENTLY SAFEGUARDTHE EASTERN SIERRAS TREASURED LANDSCAPES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THROUGHCONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPS WITH WILLING LANDOWNERS, WE PROTECT EASTERN SIERRA LANDSFOR THEIR SCENIC, AGRICULTURAL, NATURAL, RECREATIONAL, HISTORIC, AND WATERSHEDVALUES.IN OUR 15 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, ESLT HAS PROTECTED NEARLY 10,500 ACRESOF CRITICALLY-IMPORTANT WILDLIFE HABITAT, SCENIC MARVELS, AND AGRICULTURAL RESOURCESAGAINST THE THREAT OF POORLY-PLANNED DEVELOPMENT THROUGH OUR WORKING FARMS ANDRANCHES AND CRITICAL HABITATS PROGRAMS. AND THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONSPROGRAM, WE OFFER PEOPLE OF ALL AGES THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH THE LAND,ENCOURAGING A SPIRIT OF STEWARDSHIP IN RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE.IN PRIOR YEAR, OUR LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM (WORKING FARMS AND RANCHES, CRITICAL HABITATS AND STEWARDSHIP; $175,810.74) WORKED WITH THE BI-STATE LOCAL AREA WORKING GROUP TO HELP PROTECT THE GREATER BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE THROUGH CONSERVATION EASEMENTS ON WORKING RANCHES IN PRIME HABITAT AREA. ESLT RECEIVED ITS LARGEST SINGLE-AWARD FROM NATIONAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICES FOR APPROXIMATELY $4,000,000 AND APPROXIMATELY $1,000,000 FROM CALIFORNIAS STRATEGIC GROWTH COUNCILS NEW SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM TO PURCHASE A CONSERVATION EASEMENT ON SCEIRINE POINT RANCH IN BRIDGEPORT VALLEY, CA. ESLT ALSO ORGANIZED TWELVE VOLUNTEER STEWARDSHIP DAYS HELPING TO REMOVE INVASIVE WEEDS, BITTERBRUSH PROTECTION AND RIVER AND HIGHWAY CLEANUPS. RESTORATION AND STEWARDSHIP BECAME A SPECIAL FOCUS OF ESLTS PRIORITIES IN PRIOR YEAR AFTER THE ROUND FIRE BURNED NEARLY 7,000 ACRES, INCLUDING FOUR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS AND ESLTS OWN SMALL WILDLIFE PRESERVE.ESLTS COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM HELPED BRING LAND ETHIC AND CONSERVATION CONCEPTS TO OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE BROWN BAG LUNCH (A FREE NOON-TIME GUEST SPEAKER SERIES),OUR SUNFLOWER GARDEN PROJECT (LOCAL THIRD-GRADERS LEARN ABOUT POLLINATORS, FOOD SYSTEMS, AND LOCAL FOOD) AND OUR EASTSIDE POLLINATOR GARDEN PROJECT (A CERTIFICATION PROCESS TO CREATE POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY GARDENS WITH NATIVE PLANTS TO CONSERVE WATER).OVER 500 PEOPLE LEARNED FIRST-HAND ABOUT CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN THE EASTERN SIERRATHROUGH THIS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. OUR LANDS & LEGACY BENEFIT EVENT, WITH THE DINNER HOSTED BY MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, INCLUDED FIELDS TRIPS TO CONWAY RANCH AND THE GREEN CREEK POWERHOUSE PRESERVE.
Program expenses$429,165.00$278,533.00   
Program descriptionESTABLISHED IN 2001, EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST (ESLT) WORKS TO PERMANENTLY SAFEGUARDTHE EASTERN SIERRAS TREASURED LANDSCAPES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THROUGHCONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPS WITH WILLING LANDOWNERS, WE PROTECT EASTERN SIERRA LANDSFOR THEIR SCENIC, AGRICULTURAL, NATURAL, RECREATIONAL, HISTORIC, AND WATERSHEDVALUES.IN OUR 15 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, ESLT HAS PROTECTED NEARLY 10,500 ACRESOF CRITICALLY-IMPORTANT WILDLIFE HABITAT, SCENIC MARVELS, AND AGRICULTURAL RESOURCESAGAINST THE THREAT OF POORLY-PLANNED DEVELOPMENT THROUGH OUR WORKING FARMS ANDRANCHES AND CRITICAL HABITATS PROGRAMS. AND THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONSPROGRAM, WE OFFER PEOPLE OF ALL AGES THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH THE LAND,ENCOURAGING A SPIRIT OF STEWARDSHIP IN RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE.IN PRIOR YEAR, OUR LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM (WORKING FARMS AND RANCHES, CRITICAL HABITATS AND STEWARDSHIP; $175,810.74) WORKED WITH THE BI-STATE LOCAL AREA WORKING GROUP TO HELP PROTECT THE GREATER BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE THROUGH CONSERVATION EASEMENTS ON WORKING RANCHES IN PRIME HABITAT AREA. ESLT RECEIVED ITS LARGEST SINGLE-AWARD FROM NATIONAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICES FOR APPROXIMATELY $4,000,000 AND APPROXIMATELY $1,000,000 FROM CALIFORNIAS STRATEGIC GROWTH COUNCILS NEW SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM TO PURCHASE A CONSERVATION EASEMENT ON SCEIRINE POINT RANCH IN BRIDGEPORT VALLEY, CA. ESLT ALSO ORGANIZED TWELVE VOLUNTEER STEWARDSHIP DAYS HELPING TO REMOVE INVASIVE WEEDS, BITTERBRUSH PROTECTION AND RIVER AND HIGHWAY CLEANUPS. RESTORATION AND STEWARDSHIP BECAME A SPECIAL FOCUS OF ESLTS PRIORITIES IN PRIOR YEAR AFTER THE ROUND FIRE BURNED NEARLY 7,000 ACRES, INCLUDING FOUR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS AND ESLTS OWN SMALL WILDLIFE PRESERVE.ESLTS COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM HELPED BRING LAND ETHIC AND CONSERVATION CONCEPTS TO OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE BROWN BAG LUNCH (A FREE NOON-TIME GUEST SPEAKER SERIES),OUR SUNFLOWER GARDEN PROJECT (LOCAL THIRD-GRADERS LEARN ABOUT POLLINATORS, FOOD SYSTEMS, AND LOCAL FOOD) AND OUR EASTSIDE POLLINATOR GARDEN PROJECT (A CERTIFICATION PROCESS TO CREATE POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY GARDENS WITH NATIVE PLANTS TO CONSERVE WATER).OVER 500 PEOPLE LEARNED FIRST-HAND ABOUT CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN THE EASTERN SIERRATHROUGH THIS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. OUR LANDS & LEGACY BENEFIT EVENT, WITH THE DINNER HOSTED BY MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, INCLUDED FIELDS TRIPS TO CONWAY RANCH AND THE GREEN CREEK POWERHOUSE PRESERVE.Established in 2001, Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) works to permanently safeguard the Eastern Sierras treasured landscapes for generations to come. Through conservation partnerships with willing landowners, we protect Eastern Sierra lands for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historic, and watershed values. In our 15 years of service to our community, ESLT has protected nearly 10,500 acres of critically-important wildlife habitat, scenic marvels, and agricultural resources against the threat of poorly-planned development through our Working Farms and Ranches and Critical Habitats programs. And through our Community Connections program, we offer people of all ages the opportunity to connect with the land, encouraging a spirit of stewardship in residents and visitors alike.In 2015, our Land Conservation Program (Working Farms and Ranches, Critical Habitats and Stewardship; $175,810.74) worked with the Bi-State Local Area Working Group to help protect the Greater bi-state sage grouse through conservation easements on working ranches in prime habitat area. ESLT received its largest single-award from National Resource Conservation Services for approximately $4,000,000 and approximately $1,000,000 from Californias Strategic Growth Councils new Sustainable Agriculture Land Conservation Program to purchase a conservation easement on Sceirine Point Ranch in Bridgeport Valley, CA.; this project is planned to close in summer of 2016. ESLT also organized twelve volunteer stewardship days helping to remove invasive weeds, bitterbrush protection and river and highway cleanups. Restoration and stewardship became a special focus of ESLTs priorities in 2015 after the Round Fire burned nearly 7,000 acres, including four conservation easements and ESLTs own Swall Wildlife Preserve.ESLTs Community Connections program helped bring land ethic and conservation concepts to our community through the Brown Bag Lunch (a free noon-time guest speaker series), our Sunflower Garden Project (local third-graders learn about pollinators, food systems, and local food) and our Eastside Pollinator Garden Project (a certification process to create pollinator-friendly gardens with native plants to conserve water). Over 500 people learned first-hand about conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra through this educational program. ($96,314.12)Our Lands & Legacy benefit event, with the dinner hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, included fields trips to Conway Ranch and the Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve. This annual event raised nearly $90,000 to help with restoration, stewardship and general operating expenses. Our Membership program ($42,740.15) helped engage our donors and supports to keep them educated about how ESLT is accomplishing its mission to preserve a healthy balance of uses that can be sustained in perpetuity, ensuring a strong local economy and healthy environment for generations to come. A land trust cant solve every problembut by working side by side today, we can make great strides towards preserving Californias Wild Side forever.   
THROUGH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM, EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST HAS PROVIDED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SCHOOL CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE AMAZING NATURAL AND WORKING LANDS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA. FIELD TRIPS ARE SPONSORED TO VISIT EASEMENT LANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL PLACES THAT ESLT HAS HELPED PRESERVE. THE EASTSIDE POLLINATOR GARDEN PROJECT EDUCATED COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY HABITATS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA.
Program expenses  $82,952.00$93,580.00$58,062.00
Program description  THROUGH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM, EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST HAS PROVIDED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SCHOOL CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE AMAZING NATURAL AND WORKING LANDS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA. FIELD TRIPS ARE SPONSORED TO VISIT EASEMENT LANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL PLACES THAT ESLT HAS HELPED PRESERVE. THE EASTSIDE POLLINATOR GARDEN PROJECT EDUCATED COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY HABITATS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA.THROUGH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM, EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST HAS PROVIDED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SCHOOL CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE AMAZING NATURAL AND WORKING LANDS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA. FIELD TRIPS ARE SPONSORED TO VISIT EASEMENT LANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL PLACES THAT ESLT HAS HELPED PRESERVE.THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM, WE HAVE PROVIDED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SCHOOL CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE AMAZING NATURAL AND WORKING LANDS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA. WE SPONSORED FIELD TRIPS TO VISIT OUR EASEMENT LANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL PLACES THAT WE HAVE HELPED PRESERVE.
Financial data
Revenue
Total revenue$1,422,565.00$374,569.00$607,908.00$572,636.00$294,955.00
Revenue from contributions (total)$1,306,924.00$351,507.00$572,057.00$535,017.00$273,386.00
Revenue from noncash contributions$16,682.00$13,619.00$235,124.00$207,664.00$14,047.00
Investment income, current yr$27,525.00$9,587.00$12,763.00$23,775.00$15,496.00
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$1,306,924.00$351,507.00$572,057.00$535,017.00$273,386.00
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other revenue, current yr$88,116.00$11,709.00$8,088.00$10,594.00$5,950.00
Program service revenue (total)$0.00$1,766.00$15,000.00$3,250.00$123.00
Gross receipts$1,425,831.00$380,242.00$625,693.00$585,300.00$314,331.00
Sources of contributions
Revenue from fundraising events $75,115.00$13,934.00$12,664.00$14,047.00
Revenue from gov't grants$19,972.00$16,258.00$32,508.00$52,380.00$103,903.00
Revenue from all other contributions$1,286,952.00$260,134.00$525,615.00$469,973.00$155,436.00
Other types of revenue
Royalties (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Miscellaneous revenue (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Net revenue from gaming (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments$27,525.00$9,587.00$12,763.00$23,775.00$15,496.00
Net rental income$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Net income from fundraising events$88,116.00$11,709.00$8,009.00$10,233.00$5,892.00
Net inventory sales (total)$0.00$0.00$79.00$361.00$58.00
Expense categories (totals)
Total functional expenses: sum of all$497,070.00$356,048.00$413,834.00$384,268.00$310,724.00
Total functional expenses: program service $429,165.00$278,533.00$354,112.00$312,430.00$277,675.00
Total functional expenses: management and general$37,839.00$32,183.00$24,313.00$31,356.00$25,949.00
Total functional expenses: fundraising$30,066.00$45,332.00$35,409.00$40,482.00$7,100.00
Fees for services
Lobbying fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Legal fees (total)$20,730.00$0.00$28,995.00$11,368.00$2,789.00
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
General management fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Investment management fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$3,882,741.00$2,908,908.00$2,905,877.00$2,679,274.00$2,424,514.00
Total assets, beginning of year$2,908,908.00$2,905,877.00$2,679,274.00$2,424,514.00$2,412,937.00
Total liabilities$31,805.00$18,006.00$18,687.00$11,663.00$4,704.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$18,006.00$18,687.00$11,663.00$4,704.00$8,142.00
Pledges & accounts receivable, net$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Loans & receivables from key persons$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Unrestricted net assets, end of yr$2,276,011.00$2,280,348.00$2,277,361.00$2,077,468.00$1,874,144.00
Temporarily restricted net assets$1,574,925.00$610,554.00$609,829.00$590,143.00$545,666.00
Net assets$3,850,936.00$2,890,902.00$2,887,190.00$2,667,611.00$2,419,810.00
Net assets, beginning of year$2,890,902.00$2,887,190.00$2,667,611.00$2,419,810.00$2,404,795.00
Intangible assets$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other assets$6,100.00$600.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Investments: other securities$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Investments: publicly traded securities$1,133,635.00$625,103.00$555,534.00$550,288.00$491,194.00
Cash: non-interest bearing$563,500.00$62,803.00$173,036.00$110,230.00$204,779.00
Cash: non-interest bearing, beginning of year$62,803.00$173,036.00$110,230.00$204,779.00$134,569.00
Investments -- program-related$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Inventories for sale or use$0.00$922.00$2,039.00$1,327.00$1,327.00
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses$925,495.00$18,521.00$194,074.00$188,368.00-$15,769.00
Advertising (total)$0.00$0.00$1,726.00$0.00$55.00
Savings & temp cash investment$112,155.00$193,577.00$137,564.00$187,392.00$137,591.00
Accounts receivable, net$102,529.00$43,710.00$63,211.00$67,788.00$21,856.00
Prepaid expenses & deferred charges$0.00$4,486.00$1,888.00$4,982.00$4,960.00
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$31,805.00$18,006.00$18,687.00$11,663.00$4,704.00
Total net assets or fund balances$3,850,936.00$2,890,902.00$2,887,190.00$2,667,611.00$2,419,810.00
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$258.00$258.00$337.00$540.00$829.00
Payment to affiliates$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members1197911
Number of independent voting members1097911
Financial sheets auditedTrueTrueTrue  
Relationships among key personnel   TrueTrue
Accrual accountingTrueTrueTrueTrueTrue
Tax year start date2016-01-012015-01-012014-01-012013-01-012012-01-01
Tax year end date2016-12-012015-12-012014-12-012013-12-012012-12-01
Indicators for schedules (selected)
Business transaction with entity owner    True
Business transaction with family member  True True
Business transaction with employee  TrueTrueTrue
Grants to domestic org/gov't >$5k   TrueTrue
Metadata about the filing
E-return type: 990, 990EZ, or 990PF990990990990990
Date e-filing submitted2017-11-172017-02-222016-01-202014-10-242013-09-24
IRS schema version2016v3.02015v2.02014v5.02013v3.12012v2.0
Filing identifier201742859349301474201603139349302520201503179349306420201402779349300000201312179349301011
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