Utah Open Lands Conservation Association

A nonprofit organization

$11,172 raised by 90 donors

100% complete

$10,000 Goal

Never put off till tomorrow, what you can save TODAY.

What we save today makes a difference tomorrow.  In this last year we protected over 3,200 acres on the Wasatch Back alone.  You made this possible.  The 40 acres we preserved along the Weber River in Summit County and the 55 miles of trails now made possible by our landscape scale save in Wasatch County happened because YOU helped Utah Open Lands build a foundation of Open Space.  Never doubt that the donations you make to open space today are a tremendous source of hope for tomorrow. 

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

Swaner Preserve

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.

Hi-Ute Ranch

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. 

The 7x Bar Ranch Preserve

Since the early 1900s the John Anderton family has owned approximately 43 acres, the 7X Bar Ranch Preserve, (the “Property”) located on the western bank of the Weber River and north of the town of Henefer in Summit County, Utah. The family calls the Property “The Meadow” and uses it for grazing livestock and raising hay without utilizing irrigation infrastructure. The proximity to the river allows access to water and creates rich vegetation which supports abundant biodiversity. Bald Eagles have been nesting in the cottonwood trees along the river for decades, with huge nests currently visible from the Interstate. Osprey and hawks circle for food on the land and in the water. Fox hunt for rabbits and other prey. Scores of wild turkeys make their home in the meadow. Mule Deer graze in the meadow, and expansive migration corridors are very nearby.

Forty-Fifth Star Preserve

Forty-Fifth Star Conservation Preserve and will allow significant regional trail and recreation connections, protecting this important conservation value as well as, preserving important wildlife habitat and ecosystems. EX Utah Development LLC and its affiliated companies, founded by Gary Barnett, have owned the property for several years, and early on became passionate about conserving the donated land for future generations protecting wildlife habitat and creating opportunities for the public to recreate on the property in ways that have never before been possible. The donation dramatically increases open space reserves within the Wasatch Back. The Forty-Fifth Star Conservation Preserve lies at the critical intersection of two counties and several open land reserves making its protection valuable and even essential for public regional recreational trail system connections and habitat connectivity. 

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Organization name

Utah Open Lands Conservation Association

other names

Utah Open Lands

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1488 S Main


(801) 463-6156