The crowd enjoyed socializing in the ESLT garden of native plants and herbs and vegetables.

Wednesday evening, the ESLT garden hosted the business community for a Bishop Chamber Mixer. The blossoming garden was a great setting to meet some new and old friends. With the 3rd-graders’ sunflowers towering above, this mix of for-profit and nonprofit business representatives learned a bit about what ESLT is and how business is an integral part of a conservation easement.

There are lots of opportunities to work together for the betterment of our Eastern Sierra communities. Several of our business partners were highlighted and each relationship is unique, but always striving for the win-win that benefits the Eastern Sierra lands, water, agriculture, history and wildlife.

Landowner, Bill Bramlette shares with the crowd why a conservation easement worked well with his family's goals.

Landowners of the Benton Hot Springs Ranch Conservation Easement and ESLT Business Partners, Bill and Diane Bramlette, shared why preserving their 4th-generation ranch was so important and how partnering with ESLT was a means for them to do so. This unique ranch has natural hot springs, the historic remains of one of the oldest mining towns in Mono County, wildlife habitat, grazing lands, and scenic vistas. The Bramlettes are hard at work preserving this wonderful place for the enjoyment of future generations and to preserve the rich history and culture still evident on their land. To enjoy this private land, plan a stay with the Bramlettes at the Old House and Inn at Benton Hot Springs, knowing that 5% of the proceeds benefit land preservation through ESLT, or join in the Lily Tour on the easement tomorrow morning and witness the subtle beauty of these delicate flowers! There are many exciting things happening at Benton Hot Springs this year, so you’ll be hearing more soon.