SUMMIT LAND CONSERVANCY

We Save Land

aka Summit Land Conservancy   |   Park City, UT   |  www.wesaveland.org

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 info

2002

Executive Director

Cheryl Fox

Main address

1887 Gold Dust Lane, Suite 101

Park City, UT 84060 USA

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EIN

42-1538872

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Stewardship

Saving land from development is just the beginning of truly protecting that land forever. We work with our land owners to ensure the values that make their property unique and irreplaceable remain intact. We monitor all our conservation easements annually. In addition to annual monitoring, we strive to create and maintain long-term partnerships with our land owners to facilitate enhancement and restoration of preserved lands.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At Summit Land Conservancy, we work with willing land owners in a rapidly growing region to permanently protect and conservation natural and agricultural lands. We place conservation easements on properties that provide important natural resources and encompass sensitive habitats. Our natural lands conservation easements may integrate recreational uses or purely protect sensitive ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Agricultural easements preserve the capacity of our landowners and thus our region to produce food locally and facilitate the use of best management practices to protect soil health and water quality. Summit County, Utah is known for breathtaking scenic views and exceptional recreational opportunities (world-class skiing and mountain biking, road biking and hiking). These vast opens lands provide a quality of life that is irreplaceable.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Adults

Nature play is vanishing. American children are spending close to 8 hours each day with electronic media and only devoting 2% of their living and breathing time to the outdoors. Children instinctively love nature however they will want to care for it more if they develop a relationship with the outside world. The Kids Outdoors program focuses on providing regular visits to protected open space for unstructured free play for disadvantaged youth, and primarily the Hispanic community. Our flexible, safe, community-based program allows children to fully take charge of their own learning. The nature play that our program participants engage in, helps develop their imaginations, cognitive, reasoning and observation skills, social interactions and relationships, levels of fitness, self-discipline, concentration, and development of adult conservation values.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Each summer, we host week-long summer camps for ages 7 - 12 that are jam-packed with outdoor adventure. Campers have a chance to experience a unique combination of structured outdoor recreation adventures and free “nature play” in local open spaces. This program focuses on teaching natural and cultural history on the open spaces that make Park City special. Children actively engage in learning ecology, botany, biology, wildlife identification, local history, and other topics outside of the traditional classroom setting. They also learn the importance of stewardship, and what it means to be a junior land conservator!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2011

Land Trust Alliance 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Acres of land leased, purchased, or put into easement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The value is not additive, it is the number of acres within a year.

Money raised for open land

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participating community members and donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amber has these numbers.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of acres of land that have been protected IN TOTAL. Check "LANDOWNER CONTACTS_ALL EASEMENT PROPERTIES" for up-to-date acreage info.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Stewardship

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

What qualifies: land SLC owns and manages. Steven's Grove is included for 2018, but was then transferred to the City of Oakley. Starting in 2020, Marchant Meadows is included.

Total number of public trails maintained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mountain Trails maps are cross-referenced with our properties map to find public trails.

Total miles of river frontage protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

See "Guidestar Metrics Updating Guidelines" in Box.

Total number of farms/ranches etc. preserved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 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 have doubled our protected acres and our rate of conservation in the last few years. We have several large and inventive programs that we are working on, 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SUMMIT LAND CONSERVANCY

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Graham Anthony

Catherine Cimos

Wes Siddoway

Shari Gottlieb

Steve Roney

Gwen Reddish

Camilla Kragius

Colleen Logan

Will Hodgman

Nick Van Dine

Niels Vernegaard

Terry Diston

Rory Murphy

Veronica DelaCruz

Christina Story

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.