Wendy Fisher, Executive Director Wendy@UtahOpenLands.org
Wendy has been with the organization since its inception in 1990. Utah Open Lands is Utah’s statewide land trust and has protected over 60,000 acres throughout the state. Most recently the organization successfully preserved of over 781 acres known as Toll Canyon. Utah Open Lands and Wendy have been recognized as a leader in conservation efforts in Utah. Wendy has served on various legislative task forces looking at agricultural, trail and open space preservation. She also served as one of the founding board members of Envision Utah. Wendy was the Vice Chair of the North Fork Preservation Alliance which became the Sundance Preserve at the Redford Center when it began in 1997 and has also served as an advisory board member for Vital Ground.
In 2017, Wendy was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award, shortly after receiving the 2016 Park City Rotary’s Professional Citizen of the Year. In 2014 Wendy gave the opening remarks at the Columbia Law School, State Attorney Generals Program, Conservation Easement Conference. In 2011 Wendy received the Park City Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award, and in 2010, Wendy and Utah Open Lands received the Utah Botanical Center’s Environmental Stewardship Award. Utah Open Lands has also recently been recognized by the Natural Resource Conservation Service with their Utah Conservation Leadership Award as well as being the recipient of a 2008 Summit County Historical Society Preservation Award and the 2003 City Weekly’s Best Of: Best Open Space Advocate. Wendy was also recognized by her board for her 20 years of service in 2011 with the LeRoy J. Pia Dedication and Service Award.
Wendy currently serves in an ex officio capacity on the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee and City Open Space Advisory Committee in Summit County and Park City.
Wendy grew up in Utah County and credits her days riding her horse though the fruit orchards and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos as a fundamental reason for her dedication to land conservation in the state.