As the board and staff strive to achieve the mission for Historic Benton Hot Springs, we are guided by the shared vision with the Bramlette Trust for Benton Hot Springs’ future:
• The 1,255 acre Benton Hot Springs Ranch is not subdivided; the land is
managed as a unit to retain its undeveloped, rustic, and remote nature for the
use and enjoyment of travelers, guests, and residents.
• The natural hot spring is protected from non-compatible uses and
development that would cause long-term harm. Uses of the hot water such
as passive recreation, relaxation, healing, heating, irrigation, and drinking is
encouraged to further the human enjoyment and sustainable benefits.
• Historic properties and features are preserved, restored, interpreted and
used for appropriate public benefits.
• Natural resources and conservation values are preserved and enhanced for
educational, scientific, and conservation purposes.
• Projects appropriate and sustainable for achieving this vision are developed and implemented to pay for the long-term care of the property.
• An entity for organization committed to implementing this vision eventually assumes overall management responsibilities for Benton Hot Springs in perpetuity
Benton Hot Springs non profit has been formed to ultimately be this entity
Historic Benton Hot Springs is located in and focused on the town of Benton Hot Springs in Mono County, California. This small, rustic town is located directly below and west of a significant hot spring; the spring produces 800 – 1000 gallons per minutes of 139 degree F. temperature water and is used for heating, agriculture, therapy, soaking and many other uses.
Our Board of Directors currently consists of five members representing the main interests of the non profit:
President: Bill Bramlette, Bramlette, Bramlette Trust Trustee
Vice President: Diane Henderson, co-owner and manager of Inn at Benton
Secretary: Roberta Harlan, Eastern Sierra California Museum
Treasurer: Debbe Eilts, Former Executive Director Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association
Director: Dennis Chappabitty, Attorney for Native American Tribes
Currently, we have the following volunteer staff.
Project Manager: Linda Amelia
Historian: Tom Dillwith
Writer/Editor: Joy Fatooh
Website: Ed and Debora Delaney
Primary Goals and Objectives
Land Conservation and Stewardship Goal
HBHS will assist the landowners in conserving resources and preventing subdivision and non compatible development on the the Bramlette Trust Property.
• Negotiate Conservation agreements to prevent non conforming development for the entire property.
• Redeem stewardship responsibilities and opportunities with Eastern Sierra Land Trust and other governmental and non-profit organizations through partnerships that further conservation objectives.
Reintroduce Owens Speckled Dace in conservation easement waters
Develop appropriate conservation education and interpretive projects.
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Modify grazing to reduce adverse effects to vegetation, soils, springs and meadows.
Preserve the integrity of the natural hot springs while allowing for sustainable and appropriate uses.
o Do not allow development or significant land modifications within the immediate vicinity of the hot springs.
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o Protect the hot spring from flooding using dirt dikes and water channeling.
o Allow spring waters to be diverted and transported from the hot springs for town, public, agriculture and other specific project uses
o Use fencing or other non intrusive barriers to allow public access to the hot springs while providing for their safety
Through aggressive partnerships and seeking of public and private funds preserve, restore, interprete and us historic features for appropriate public benefits.
Benton Store and Hotel; This structure is used a town museum or intrepertive site. It is preserved as a historic landmark for future public historical uses.
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Benton Native American Houses; Stabilize and restore remaining structures and reconstruct examples of previous structures for educational and intrepretive purposes.
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Old House and Conway House; Maintain these wooden structures for historical significance while continuing to use them for visitors lodging that provides a historical experience.
Benton Butcher Shop; Restore and preserve this significant landmark while allowing use as residence, intrepretive site, or business.
Other Benton Historical Residential Houses; Restore and use as residents or public guest lodging.
Establish and manage a Benton Historic District.
Native American Museum with Benton Tribe.
Develop a Walking Tour to educate and interpret Benton History
Develop Benton History publications and brochures for public education and enjoyment.
Us Historic Land Marker Plaques, roadside exhibits and similar public educational techniques to intrepret Benton History.
Benton Cemetary is restored and intretereted for family and public viewing. A summary of persons buried at the Benton Cemetary is developed and displayed at the site.
Natural Resources and Conservation Values
Natural Resources and Conservation Values are preserved and enhanced for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.
Financial Support Projects
Projects appropriate and sustainable for achieving this vision are developed and implemented to pay for the long term care of the property
o Develop a specific community action plan to guide the specific work and objectives of the responsible parties.
o Consider and evaluate health spa, lodge and RV park projects to accommodate town’s visitors use of the hot spring waters.
o Expand and improve hot springs and cultural tourism facilities where they already exist.
o Organic, sustainable agriculture to feed residents and guests.
Greenhouses used to grow local vegetables
Natural grass fed animals for healty meats
Fish and shrimp rearing and algae projects
Develop a geothermal energy project that would benefit the community without destroying the principal property attributes.