Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

SUMMIT LAND CONSERVANCY

aka Summit Land Conservancy

Park City, UT

Mission

Summit Land Conservancy works with our communities to protect and preserve land and water for the benefit of people and nature. Open space is the heart of our community. Our sense of place is clearly defined by the shared landscapes that anchor us here. These mountains, trails, farms, and rivers connect us to each other and to the natural world. The Summit Land Conservancy cares for these lands forever, nurturing a healthy community that is founded on its strong connection to the places we've protected together.

Ruling Year

2002

Executive Director

Cheryl Fox

Main Address

PO Box 1775

Park City, UT 84060 USA

Keywords

Stewardship, Easements, Preservation, Environmental Education

EIN

42-1538872

 Number

8159775571

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Weber and Provo Rivers provide the drinking water to most of the people on the Wasatch Front. Both of these rivers start here in Summit County. The Conservancy is now responding to landowners in Morgan and Wasatch Counties who’ve asked us to help them save farms and ranch lands along these irreplaceable waterways. Years ago these lands didn’t need saving: the kids in the local farming communities could hop fences and play in the water; anglers would wave at the hard-working farmers; eagles and herons would nest in the cottonwoods. But today river-front property is coveted for homes and driveways that plug the natural ecosystem, damage water quality, and exclude kids and fishermen. We’re working to protect places for fishing and swimming, for wildlife and human life, all while ensuring clean water for the communities along the Wasatch front.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Stewardship

Conservation

Kids Outdoors

Outdoor Explorer's Summer Camps

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Acres of land leased, purchased, or put into easement

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Money raised for open land

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participating community members and donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of acres of land protected

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Stewardship

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of public trails maintained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total miles of river frontage protected

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of farms/ranches etc. preserved

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Summit Land Conservancy wants to ensure that lands and watersheds important to the community are permanently protected. In order to do this, we need to ensure residents and visitors of all ages celebrate and engage in conservation values and appreciation of the outdoors. In order to be most effective, we need to show professionalism and success to ensure a place as a trusted leader and valued partner in the community, and a continuation of our programs and services via sustainable financial strength.

In order keep open space at the heart of our community, we must develop and maintain strong relationships with volunteers, landowners, donors, and local governments. By maintaining systems that ensure ethical, effective, and high quality conservation, we can cultivate key relationships and partnerships to strengthen our connection within the community. When placing land in permanent conservation easements, we must provide support to landowners on their protected properties through professional stewardship, helping with enhancements and restoration projects as necessary. We also focus on community conservation. “Everyone deserves to live in a healthy community and enjoy a connection with nature. When land trusts include more people, we improve more lives — and in turn, we gain broader support for conservation.” -- Land Trust Alliance Community conservation has the following benefits: ´Responds to a community need ´Connects people with place ´Connects people with people ´Creates opportunities for people to get involved ´Energizes the community ´Provides some form of public access ´Provides lasting and meaningful impact

In order to make sure conservation happens, we focus on fun and events that connect people directly to our mission of protected open space. We recruit a diverse group of volunteers, committee members & board members with clear intent to advance our goals and the health of the organization. We ensure professional capabilities via a focus on employee development and a positive working environment.

We judge our effectiveness on several key areas:
• acres protected, variety of funding mechanisms, landowner inquiry and involvement, community involvement in and funding of stewardship
• community outreach capacity and media exposure, effectiveness at working with partner organizations, volunteer engagement, event attendance and donor retention
• effectiveness of streamlined procedures for governance and accreditation renewal
• local and state elected official engagement
• board diversity and effectiveness coupled with appropriate staff size and expertise

We have been re-accredited by the Land Trust Alliance; re-accreditation was smooth and supported by effective board procedures.

Donor retention and new donor attraction are analyzed annually; we are working toward more effective interactions with mid-range donors.

We are hoping to protect land this year that will almost double our acreage, and are encouraged by the landowners contacting us for assistance. We have also developed an additional conservation and funding strategy of attracting targeted conservation buyers to protect additional areas that would be otherwise out of our abilities.

Media and social media outreach shows that we are well known, effective at collaboration with other organizations, and hold interesting, fun, and educational events.

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Financials

SUMMIT LAND CONSERVANCY

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No