(Edited 10-22@4:00 p.m.) Since 1861, the six generations of Hunewill Family have run cattle on its 4,100 acre ranch in scenic Bridgeport.
Announced on October 21, after years of negotiations with many different agencies, the Eastern Sierra Land Trust now as a conservation easement agreement with the Hunewill family. It will protect the ranch for generations to come. Its the largest ESLT acquisition since the conversation organization was founded in 2001.
The historic ranch spans the vast green valleys of Bridgeport, up the peaks to the border with Yosemite National Park. The ranch has provided a critical home for the rare Bi-State Sage Grouse, as well as mule deer migration.
The Hunewill family will still work the ranch with its commercial cattle operation, and provide continuing western hospitality with its pack trips, cattle drives, and ranch-style accommodations.
The ESLT wishes to thank the community for their support and their partners; the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wildlife Conservation Board, CDFW, California Deer Assn., California Dept. of Conservation, that helped to put the deal together.