July 2020 • ESLT News
Dear friend,

It's mid-July and I'm buried under cosmos and nasturtiums. In fact, after five days of not working in my garden, it's hard to find the vegetables!

I am drawn to my garden. There is something about watching the seedlings grow stronger and bear their fruit. I wonder, am I watering them the right way? Will the roots be healthy? Is the soil moist and cool enough to help them thrive? Then, when finally the top of the plant reaches up and towards the sun, I can see that their foundation was strong.

Work feels similar. I am thinking about keeping ESLT staff safe and taking steps each day to move important projects forward. We've laid strong foundations for critical projects with you by our side. Soon, the exciting results are going to become visible.

Once they do, the next step will be to raise a glass together! We're working on how to bring us all together for our annual Lands & Legacy Celebration while keeping everyone safe. Please save the date for a virtual gathering in the week before and during Labor Day weekend, when we can inspire, laugh, learn, and celebrate through our computers.

Maybe by then I will have found my vegetables...
With gratitude,

Kay Ogden
Executive Director, ESLT
760-873-4554, kay@eslt.org
Topic: The Overstory , by Richard Powers
Tuesday, July 28th, 6:00-7:00PM

As we practice physical distancing, we can still collect in a powerful pla ce the landscapes of literature. This month, we're reading Richard Powers's The Overstory. Learn more.
Email Marie at marie@eslt.org to register for this virtual gathering.
2020's Virtual Lands & Legacy Celebration

We're excited to announce that our annual Lands & Legacy Celebration is going virtual! This fresh format opens the door to exciting new possibilities for celebrating the work you're powering and connecting with one another.

Mark your calendars for the week of August 28th through September 7th. We'll explore this year's theme, "Nature, Health, and Peace" as we enjoy online receptions, talks, and tours of the land you love, culminating in a virtual paddle raise on Thursday, September 3rd. Watch your inbox and mailbox for more details, coming soon!

How are you staying connected? We'll share some tools we rely on to stay in touch during this time of physical distancing, and some virtual recommendations from our team that help us stay grounded. We invite you to share your own resources and ideas too.

We've dedicated a page on our website to tools, adventures, and inspiration to help you and your little ones find peace and joy in nearby nature. Explore resources for gardening and birdwatching along with scavenger hunts, games, and activities for the whole family.

Do you love the Eastern Sierra? Are you looking for a way to give back to our land and community? Apply today to become ESLT's next AmeriCorps Member! Read more about the opportunity on the AmeriCorps website today, and spread the word to your networks.
Thank you for being a part of the ESLT family. With the help of landowners, volunteers, members, and supporters like you, we're ensuring a bright future for the Eastern Sierra.

Kay, Amanda, Cami, Carissa, Heather, Kristen, Marie, Sara, Sus, and our Board of Directors