You already know Utah Open Lands: whether you live in Utah or have been lucky enough to visit, you are rejuvenated and inspired by the landscapes we protect. In preserving open spaces, recreation areas, and family farms, Utah Open Lands protects the heritage and experience of the land, both for today’s communities and tomorrow’s generations.
Utah Open Lands (UOL) is a 501c(3) non-profit land trust conservation association. Our mission is to preserve and protect open space in order to maintain Utah’s natural heritage and quality of life for present and future generations. This is achieved by assisting private landowners, government agencies and communities in the voluntary preservation of the agricultural, scenic, recreational, historic and wildlife values of open land.
HOW WE DO IT
The purpose of Utah Open Lands is to permanently protect land in Utah, by acquiring title or trust of a conservation easement; stewardship of these properties, in order to protect the conservation values, and inspiring and educating landowners, local and statewide leaders, professional advisers and the public about the importance of land conservation.
Our land saving mission began in 1990, in an office on Prospector Avenue. At that time, Summit County was one of the top five fastest growing counties in the nation. As the pressures of growth and development increased, the need for open space protection was even more urgent. In response, we became a regional land trust with the mission of serving as a statewide resource for land preservation.
AWARDS AND COMMITTEE HONORS
Utah Open Lands has been recognized over the years for our commitment and leadership in Statewide open space preservation.
2003 City Weekly’s Best Of: Best Open Space Advocate
2008 Summit County Historical Society Preservation Award
2009 Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Utah Conservation Leadership Award
2010 Utah State University Utah Botanical Center’s Environmental Stewardship Award
2011 Park City Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award
Speaker: 2005 University of Utah, SJ Quinney College of Law School: Stegner Center’s 10 Annual Symposium: Private Property and Nature Conservation:Land Ownership in the 21st Century
Closing Remarks: 2013 University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Third Annual Academic Conference, Perpetual Conservation Easements: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Go From Here?
Opening Remarks: 2014 Columbia Law School, State Attorney Generals Program, Conservation Easement Conference
Ex-Officio: Basin Open Space Advisory Committee (BOSAC)
Member: Park City’s Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee (COSAC)
Co-Chair: Envision Utah, Your Utah, Your Future, Statewide Visioning Initiative
Advisor: Mountain Accord Land Preservation Subcommittee