Utah Open Lands

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Utah Open Lands says it has received an important matching grant that will boost its chances of saving the 19-acre Snow Ranch Pastures property, in the Thaynes neighborhood of Park City.

Utah Open lands is aiming to raise $6 million by December to purchase a conservation easement on the property.

In a press release on Monday, the group announced that every dollar donated for Snow Ranch will be matched up to $625,000. Open Lands director Wendy Fisher said they can’t disclose the foundation that made the grant, but they are grateful.

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Utah Open Lands aims to raise $6 million by this December to preserve the 19-acre Snow Ranch Pastures in the Thaynes area of Park City.

Open Lands director Wendy Fisher told KPCW that if it happens, it will be thanks to local citizens, the area’s business community, and the long-time ranching family that owns the property. 

The pastures property, which is within city limits, has one-third-acre zoning, which could potentially mean up to 57 units. The value of the land is set at $17 million.

       Utah Open Lands announced this past weekend that they have reached an agreement with two branches of the Armstrong family to save the 19-acre Snow Ranch Pastures in Park City.

The agreement gives them until a deadline this December to raise the funding for a conservation easement.

In a press release, the organization said they have obtained an option agreement to purchase the Snow Ranch easement for $6 million—when the appraised value of the property is $16 million.


The Wasatch County Council voted last week to authorize public road easements on four roads that run through the 1350 acre Bonanza Flat open space which is now owned by Park City.  Residents of Brighton Estates are concerned they won’t have winter access once the City and Utah Open Lands establishes a Conservation Easement on the property.  Carolyn Murray has this:

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Wasatch County Council voted last week to authorize 100 foot easements for several county roads through Bonanza Flat.  The property is owned by Park City which is in the process of establishing a Conservation Easement under the coordination of Utah Open Lands.  The property was purchased as open space last year in a high profile acquisition that involved multiple contributors and a 25 million dollar voter approved bond.  Carolyn Murray has this: 

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The Wasatch County subdivision, Brighton Estates, adjacent to Bonanza Flats, has many hurdles to cross if a property owner wants to build.  Fire access and water availability are two big obstacles to successfully pulling a building permit.   Carolyn Murray has this:

The Utah legislature recently defunded the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund, which has helped preserve open space in the state for 20 years. Wendy Fisher, executive director of Utah Open Lands, is not quite sure why this happened. Rick Brough has more on this:

Local News Hour - March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Director Michael Barille, who has an update from the Historic Park City Alliance City Alliance. Director Kendra Wyckoff, Capital Campaign Manager Liza Springmeyer  from the Peace House and Karen Marriott, chair of the Thrive Campaign talk about the grant from the state  legislature and the final push for fundraising for the new facility and Utah Open Lands Ex. Director Wendy Fisher has an update on open space issues, including the Snow Ranch Pastures and Bonanza Flat.

Saving Open Space Is Years In The Making

Aug 25, 2017
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The Park City Rotary Club just granted Professional Citizen of the Year Award to two Land Conservation Directors who were instrumental in the successful Bonanza Flat Open Space acquisition. It’s taken a couple of decades of focus and commitment.  Carolyn Murray has more:

Conserving Bonanza Flat Begins

Jul 26, 2017
Utah Open Lands Bonanza Flat

The 1350-acre open space Bonanza Flat was purchased on June 15th by Park City and now a six-month planning process begins.  Carolyn Murray has this update: