Wheeler Ridge Wildlife Migration Corridor

Project Description

This regional project protects the Wheeler Ridge Migration Corridor for the Round Valley mule deer herd and many other species dependent on this ecosystem. The Eastern Sierra Land trust is working with willing landowners as well as California State agencies to preserve these lands through voluntary conservation easements and acquisitions.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Mono County, CA
Project Size:
  • 105.0 acres

Project Sites

  • Wheeler Ridge Wildlife Migration Corridor

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
  • Conservation Mission

Primary Goals:

  • Provide a safe migration corridor for the Round Valley Mule Deer herd and other wildlife between their seasonal ranges using voluntary conservation easements on private lands, partnerships with government agencies, and acquisitions where feasible. As opportunities for new conservation easements arise in the Swall Meadows, Aspen Springs, and Crowley communities, the ESLT will work with and educate private landowners about the benefits of and opportunities for easements.
    Progress: At this time four conservation easements are in place in addition to the acquisition of the Crowley Hilltop Preserve, totaling 105 acres of preserved land.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Rivers and Streams
  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Alpine and Subalpine Habitats (Meadows, Parklands and Shrublands)
    • Shrublands and Steppe

Targeted Species:

  • Cougar Puma concolor
  • Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Conservation easement Ongoing Management 2003 2050
Education Completed 2003 2050


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Annual monitoring of conservation easements.

Any Additional Information About The Project
The Wheeler Ridge Migration Corridor is an ongoing project, if you are a landowner in this area and would like more information or are interested in pursuing a conservation easement please contact the Land Trust.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization


Managing Organization

Eastern Sierra Land Trust
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Karen Ferrell-Ingram (Executive Director)
Eastern Sierra Land Trust

General Information

Project #: 1724
Last Updated: February 17, 2010

Project Relations


California Department of Fish & Game
California Wildlife Conservation Board


ESLT Web Site
Migration Corridor Video

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