Karen Ferrell-Ingram receives ‘Last Best Place’ Award


Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director Karen Ferrell-Ingram received the Frank Wells Last Best Place Award by the Sierra Nevada Alliance at its annual conference in South Lake Tahoe.

The Frank Wells Last Best Place Award goes to a leader who has exhibited outstanding leadership in protecting the Sierra’s best places.

In 2001, Ferrell-Ingram, with her husband, Stephen, were inspired to find a way to permanently protect their land in Swall Meadows and to ensure safe passage for the Round Valley mule deer herd and other wildlife who utilized the area on their annual migration.

The Ingrams worked with other citizens and founded Eastern Sierra Land Trust.

“I think that by staying true to our community’s dreams and values, and by really listening to our landowners and their needs, ESLT has been able to succeed and to be a truly public benefit organization,” said Ferrell-Ingram. “I’m so grateful to all the individuals who have helped ESLT thrive—landowners, board members, volunteers, staff, and donors. The beautiful Eastern Sierra deserves our greatest care and consideration.”