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Summit Land Conservancy Closes On Osguthorpe Easement

Summit Land Conservancy

After almost two years and nearly $18 million, The Summit Land Conservancy officially closed on a permanent conservation easement for the 158-acre Osguthorpe Farm on Old Ranch Road. 

The project was funded by an $8.8 million federal grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Services; $4.5 million from individual donors; $3.9 million from the Osguthorpe family; and $500,000 from Summit County. Summit Land Conservancy completed its fundraising in March.

In a press release Wednesday, Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director Cheryl Fox recognized the community effort to preserve the farm.

While the Osguthorpe Farm deal is done, Utah Open Lands must raise $1.3 million to preserve the 19-acre Armstrong/Snow Ranch Pastures. The landowning family donated $10 million, and the Treasure Hill/Snow Ranch Pasture bond that voters approved in November 2018 provided $3 million to the cause. Since then, Utah Open Lands has raised $1.7 million.

Kat Maus, outreach director at Utah Open Lands, says the organization is excited about the preservation of the Osguthorpe Farm and believes the community will similarly support the Armstrong/Snow Ranch Pastures effort.

“we’re super hopeful that the Armstrong/snow ranch pastures, which is full of heritage and park city culture will see that same support from the community; and we’re definitely doing everything we can here to make that happen in the next 40 days.”

The fundraising deadline for the Armstrong/Snow Ranch Pastures is June 30. Those who are interested in donating can visit utahopenlands.org.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.
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