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Summit County, UT (November 7, 2018) — The Summit County Council and Summit Land Conservancy have reached an agreement involving the Osguthorpe Farm. Specifically, the Summit County Council is pleased to announce a $500,000 grant towards the conservation easement of the land, which was approved by the Council during its Nov. 7th meeting. The donation will come from a limited amount of Summit County funds specifically allocated for open space preservation in the Snyderville Basin area. The Osguthorpe Farm, which is the last working farm on Old Ranch Road, will continue to operate as such.
“The Summit County Council is pleased to help in saving the Osguthorpe Farm,” said Kim Carson, Summit County Council Chair. “We have worked very hard for over a year to reach an agreement that will preserve this significant heritage property in the Snyderville Basin.”
Included in the agreement is a quitclaim deed on the property from the Farm’s fence on the south edge of the Osguthorpe property to Old Ranch Road, thus providing a clean right of way for Summit County.
“This effort results in the preservation of agricultural lands as outlined in the General Plan. As such it serves the public’s interest in the task of maintaining some of the historic rural character of the County,” said Doug Clyde, Summit County Council.
“With this significant grant from Summit County, the Conservancy and our partners have raised $16 million. Now we are just $1.8 million away from insuring that this land remains as we see it today, a wide open sweep of farmland and habitat for both wildlife and people," said Cheryl Fox, Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director.
In order to complete the transaction, the Conservancy is asking people to donate $158, that's one dollar for every acre of the farm. More information and ways to donate can be found at www.wesaveland.org.
Summit Land Conservancy first approached Summit County about obtaining funds to help save the farm in June 2017. An ongoing negotiation process has taken place since then.
“We know Summit Land Conservancy has worked hard to preserve the Osguthorpe Farm and we believe this grant supports a special place in our community that will benefit us all today and for future generations,” Carson said.
About Summit Land Conservancy:Born in Park City in 1998 as a project of Leadership Park City, the Summit Land Conservancy works with Summit County communities to protect and preserve land and water for the benefit of people and nature.
In 2011, the Conservancy became the first land trust in the state of Utah to be nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. It currently holds 34 permanent conservation easements on over 5,000 acres of open space, much of it with public access in and around Park City. It protects swathes of Round Valley, Quarry Mountain, Empire Canyon, and the McPolin Farmlands, as well as farms and ranches along the Weber River. It is currently working to preserve an additional 5,000+ acres of land.
The Conservancy’s goal when it started in 1998 was to raise money locally to save land locally, and that hasn’t changed. But it has expanded its efforts throughout the years since to tap additional funding resources. Since 2011, the Conservancy has brought in over $6 million federal dollars for land conservation in Summit County.
As a local land trust based in Park City, the Conservancy understands that open space is the heart of the County’s communities. Area residents’ sense of place is clearly defined by the shared landscapes that anchor them here. The mountains, trails, farms, and rivers connect people to each other and to the natural world. The Summit Land Conservancy cares for these lands forever, nurturing a healthy community that is founded on its strong connection to the places it has protected together.
More information is available on the Conservancy’s website and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter .
About Summit County:Located in the northeast corner of Utah along the Wasatch Back, Summit County is home to more than 41,000 residents. Created in 1854, Summit County was named for the summits of the mountains, including 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Six municipalities make up Summit County, including Coalville, Francis, Henefer, Kamas, Oakley and Park City. The county seat is quiet, scenic Coalville, located on the I-80 corridor. For more information visit www.summitcounty.org.
Media Contacts:Cheryl FoxExecutive DirectorSummit Land Conservancycheryl@wesaveland.org
Krachel MurdockCommunity and Public AffairsSummit Countykmurdock@summitcounty.org