Utah Open Lands: Your Land Saving Organization
Utah Open Lands (UOL) is a non-profit land trust that works throughout Utah protecting and stewarding the lands we all love. Our mission is to acquire, protect, and steward open spaces in order to maintain Utah’s natural heritage, unparalleled quality of life, environmental well-being, and unique scenic beauty for this generation and for the generations to come. As the largest and only local statewide operating land trust in Utah, Utah Open Lands is a revered and respected champion of open space protection. Since our inception in 1990, we have pioneered land protection in all corners of the state by utilizing the conservation easement, a binding legal agreement used by land trusts, to forever protect the conservation values of a property and to restrict development in perpetuity. Over 30 years of ongoing preservation work has borne witness to the protection of more than 64,000 acres of land and is the result of Utah Open Lands’ consistent, dedicated leadership and commitment to building connections with private landowners, government agencies, and local communities.
Summit County Saves
Parley’s Meadow was Utah Open Lands’ first land preservation in Summit County. This 480 acre save led to the preservation of 1,000 acres of connected land now known as the Swaner Nature Preserve and EcoCenter. This open space includes Canyon Creek, Mountain Meadows Reserve, Ranch Place and the Wetlands Reserve parcels.
Spanning 14 years of work, the protection of the Hi-Ute ranch and pastures involved a tremendous contribution from the family and years of fundraising by Utah Open Lands to save the almost 1,500 acre viewshed and wildlife preserve. A major portion of the Millennium Trail travels through Hi-Ute Ranch and makes its way on the east and north portions of the property A connection to the Mid Mountain Trail is anticipated soon!
Bonanza Flat Conservation Area
In 2017, development threatened Bonanza Flat. Park City Municipal, Utah Open Lands, and the community banded together to work to preserve this beautiful 1,500-acre natural space. This open space is home to miles of trails, such as the award-winning Bloods Lake Trail, quaking aspen groves, wildlife habitats, and wildflowers.