Location: Castle Valley, Grand County
Date Completed: 2018
Description: On December 27, 2018, UOL received a donated conservation easement on 25 acres of former agricultural land in Castle Valley. This property contains multiple conservation values and is a critical piece to link together other conservation land in the area.
Wildlife: Of the listed priority Utah Sensitive Wildlife species, the following have been documented on or near the Property: Ferruginous hawk (Buteo regalis) and corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus). The Property also serves as critical habitat for five key wildlife game species in Utah: Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), California Quail (Callipepla californica), Chukar (Alectoris chukar), Ringnecked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), and Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).
The Property further provides important migration corridors for mule deer and as such is a vitallink between critical habitat in the adjacent Bureau of Land Management land and undeveloped privately owned lands.
- Scenic: The Property provides protection of views which can be seen from several vantage points including the La Sal Loop Road, Porcupine Rim and adjacent protected landscapes.
Nearby Conserved Land: The Property is adjacent and in close proximity to several permanently protected open spaces, including Bureau of Land Management land, La Sal Herd Critical Range Preserve, Castleton Tower Preserve, Parriott Mesa Preserve, Fryer Family Scenic Reserve and Professor Valley-Mary Jane Canyon.
Educational Values: The conservation easement provides protection of public educational values which are augmented by its proximity to the Canyonlands Field Institute’s Castle Rock Ranch. Restoration of the property and the ability to incorporate the property into schools curricula and educational lessons is a key component of these educational values as is the fact that Grantor are both nationally recognized authors, environmentalists and educators at institutions for higher learning.