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As reported earlier this month, two cow elk were shot and killed in the city-owned Round Valley open space the last weekend in December. Park City Police and the Division of Wildlife Resources have determined both incidents occurred on city property.

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The Summit Land Conservancy, Bill White Farms and Park City Municipal are partnering to make the city owned McPolin Farm a regenerative agriculture operation.

After the Mountain Town 2030 climate conference in October, the Park City Community Foundation announced a grant program to fund innovative climate change solutions. Summit Land Conservancy, Bill White Farms and Park City Municipal, together, will apply for a grant to help fund a regenerative agriculture project on the McPolin Farm along SR 224.

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Summit Land Conservancy wraps up 2019 with the most successful conservation year yet. They closed seven transactions totaling 1200 acres.

The land is located along the Weber River, in the town of Oakley and is adjacent to the new campground. According to Summit Land Conservancy’s Executive Director Cheryl Fox the campground is part of the new rodeo grounds and does not have access to the Weber.

The Park City Council will consider leasing city-owned property at Quinn’s Junction to Mountain Trails Foundation and Summit Land Conservancy, to house the two organizations’ office space. 

Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director Cheryl Fox and Mountain Trails Foundation Executive Director Charlie Sturgis presented their proposal to the city council in May. Now, council will consider the terms of the potential deal between the city and the two organizations, which interim City Manager Matt Dias says are pretty straightforward.

Summit Land Conservancy was formed 17 years ago and as of Monday, they’ve conserved nearly 6800 acres. The newest easement is 841 acres of rangeland in Chalk Creek in the eastern part of Summit County.

The Wright Property, known as the Wright Land and Livestock was settled in 1923 as part of a homestead. It’s been a dairy operation and granary for about 100 years. The family continues to raise cattle and farm hay on the land.

A crowd of around 20 people attended the interested landowners meeting Wednesday evening. The meeting provided landowners in Wasatch County information about how they can preserve their land as open space in perpetuity through funding sources including the $10 million open space bond county residents passed in 2018.

Celebrate The Story Of A Farm

Sep 19, 2019
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The Osguthorpe family has been farming in Park City since 1945. The family along with many hundreds of donors were honored in a celebration held by the Summit Land Conservancy on Thursday to mark the agricultural conservation of the 160-acre farm on Old Ranch Road.

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Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director Cheryl Fox hopes it’s a lucky harvest on Friday, Sept. 13. The wild hops that grow on protected open space are a bit behind schedule due to a cold spring, but Fox says she’s looking forward to meeting up at the Wasatch Brew Pub and heading out to hunt for hops.

 

On today’s program, the Director of Summit Land Conservancy Cheryl Fox has an update on open space issues. A Co-Founder of the Park City Songwriter Festival Scott Thomson has details about the inaugural event Sept. 13th and 14th. Park City School District Associate Superintendent of Wellness Ben Belnap talks about the plans for the redesigned Learning Academy and Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt and Summit County Public Works Director Derick Radke have details about the possible alignments of extending Bittner Road through to Silver Creek.

KPCW is halfway through its Summer Pledge Drive.

The fundraiser began Monday, August 19th.  The public radio station raised $30,470 in the first day, and $36,835 in the second day.  The station is trying to raise $175,000 by the end of the week.  KPCW will continue with the on-air pledge drive through Thursday, 6pm.  The station's online auction will close Friday, 6pm.

It's Whiskey And Open Space At the Blue Sky Bash

Aug 6, 2019
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Summit Land Conservancy has fewer than 20 tickets left for their annual fund raiser coming up later this month.

According to the Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director, Cheryl Fox, the Blue Sky Bash is mostly about whiskey and open space. It’s the 5th year for the benefit event and it’s a fundraiser and celebration of open space. It includes cocktails and dinner by High West Distillery & Saloon along with dancing and a live auction by renown auctioneer, Larry Flinn.

Fox says they’ve got a special presentation from Hawk Watch this year.

Hops Picking Time Coming Soon

Aug 6, 2019
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Anyone who is interested in getting in on the Summit Land Conservancy’s hops harvest should register now because the picking and sorting will happen sometime in the next few weeks.

The Summit Land Conservancy held their final summer hops hike on Sunday. They’ve been watching the crop closely and the day to pick is coming up. Hops grow wild around town and volunteers will be needed to help with the harvest. Executive Director, Cheryl Fox says harvesting hops is tricky with weather changing and the ripening process.

Conservation Easements Benefit Communities

Jul 2, 2019
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The Summit Land Conservancy celebrates the success of the land conservation agreement reached last weekend between Utah Open Lands and the Armstrong family.

The funding to preserve the 19-acre Snow Ranch Pastures came in with about a day to spare. It is successful closing triggered another land grant from long-time resident, Kerry Armstrong. Contingent on the closing of the Snow Ranch Pastures, she announced she would place a conservation easement on her 16-acre Red Barn parcel. Utah Open Lands.

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Summit County Council Member Kim Carson says she’s excited that the county has preserved three major land parcels in North Summit—not just for open space, but to continue agricultural activity.

Meeting on Wednesday, the council approved three conservation easements for the Summit Land Conservancy.

The county will be a co-holder on the easements, which legally will help the Conservancy to obtain funding.

Carson has details on the three properties.

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Summit Land Conservancy is working on three properties in Eastern Summit county that, once under an easement will preserve a total of about 4500 acres of open space. To access some of the conservation funding they will need county support for the endeavor.

Summit Land Conservancy Conservation Director, Kate Sattelmeier says they’re seeking funding through both federal and state governments to place the three properties into an agricultural conservation easement.

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