UTAH OPEN LANDS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION INC

Protecting the Lands you Love

Salt Lake City, UT   |  www.utahopenlands.org

Mission

To preserve & protect open space in order to maintain Utah's natural heritage and quality of life for present and future generations. This is achieved by assisting private landowners, government agencies and communities in the voluntary preservation of the scenic, recreational, histonc and wildlife values of open land.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Wendy Fisher

Main address

1488 S. Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84115 USA

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Formerly known as

Utah Open Lands

EIN

87-0480542

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Utah is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, and with that, much of the open spaces that Utah is known for are at risk of development. Utah Open Lands works to solve this problem by protecting critical open spaces throughout the state that possess a variety of conservation values, whether they be critical wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, scenic viewsheds, or a variety of others.

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Utah Open Lands Conservation

Utah Open Lands is a non-profit land trust conservation association. Our mission is to preserve and protect open space in order to maintain Utah’s natural heritage and quality of life for present and future generations. This is achieved by assisting private landowners, government agencies and communities in the voluntary preservation of the agricultural, scenic, recreational, historic and wildlife values of open land.

Population(s) Served

Situated on the north shoreline and within close proximity to the Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge, this project is home to nesting birds and various shoreline and sage brush steppe species. The Nebeker’s have been excellent stewards of this property for many years, practicing care for the land and its resources. By conserving the first phase, 51 acres of shoreline fields, critical land, and water resources, are ensured and the landowning families ethos of responsible land stewardship will continue and that over the coming years the remaining 500 acres of shoreline and rangeland have been permanently protected. Through the successful purchase of a conservation easement, UOL now manages invasive species, performs stream buffer enhancements and continues the use of permaculture. The protection of one of Utah’s last unimpaired water bodies combined with the landowner’s compliance with highly erodible soil and crop rotation management practices ensures the protection of water quality and reduces water demand on the property. As the second largest natural freshwater lake found in Utah, this water body is not only unique due to its composition but also provides habitat to four species of fish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Population(s) Served

This 5.16 acre plot adjacent to Perkins Flat in Emigration Canyon, was under threat from development. With the potential of one unit per acre density, this highly visual, scenic stream corridor and attendant wildlife habitat was at risk. Further impacts to water quality in Emigration Creek would have resulted as well if developed. The stream and associated habitat on the property was considered to be a habitat of concern by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, but thanks to the Owl Meadow Campaign, enough private and public support was generated to ensure the meadow continues to provide nesting habitat for Great Horned owls, Saw-whet owls and hawks, all of which have fledged chicks on this property and in the immediate surrounding area. Adjacent to Owl Meadow are over 260 acres of land already protected by Utah Open Lands. Now protected, this parcel has added to over 1000 acres already preserved in Emigration Canyon.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

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Utah Open Lands Conservation

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Goals & Strategy

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Utah Open Lands works with willing landowners to preserve their open land in perpetuity in order to preserve the conservation values of that landscape, including recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, watershed, scenic viewshed, historic values, etc. Many of these lands have been in the hands of the landowning family for generation after generation, and they are now feeling pressure from developers to sell their land. Utah Open Lands gives these landowners with an ethic of conservation an option to preserve their open spaces forever. Utilizing the tool of a conservation easement, Utah Open Lands' goal is to protect developable open space throughout the state from development, and preserve the conservation values present.

Utah Open Lands works with willing landowners and municipalities to conserve land utilizing conservation easements. As a nonprofit, in order to do the good work that we do, we must utilize many areas of fundraising and outreach. In terms of fundraising, our staff focuses time on grant-writing, campaigning, and fundraising. We hold a Fundraising Gala each year that helps raise a substantial amount of our general operations funds for the year. On top of that, we will hold project-based fundraisers for individual land campaigns throughout the state. In addition, we apply for private, and government grants and funding sources to help with project costs. Finally, in order to monitor each of our conserved lands in perpetuity, we have a Stewardship Endowment for each property that is allocated before the project is finalized.

Utah Open Lands has developed a protocol for determining appropriate projects for our organization. This includes evaluation of the conservation values, a site visit, and an intensive analysis of a project before Utah Open Lands will commit.
In terms of securing funding, Utah Open Lands has been a leader in land conservation since its inception in 1990 and has been able to secure funding from the beginning. From internal fundraising campaigns to a dedicated membership base to year-after-year grant awards from government and private organizations, Utah oPen Lands has developed a sustainable system for protecting the lands Utahns love throughout the state. With tenured staff, including the Executive Director who has remained since the organization's inception, there is a wealth of institutional knowledge internally, and experience that help drive these practices.

Since 1990, Utah Open Lands has protected over 62,000 acres, protecting critical wildlife species from the sandhill crane, to the Columbia spotted frog, to the flammulated owl. We have protected watershed properties throughout the state. We have preserved recreational opportunities for the millions of residents and visitors lucky enough to experience Utah's landscapes each and every year. We continue moving forward, protecting these loved lands, and on the horizon, we have countless properties to preserve in the Midway Area, the Cottonwood Canyons, and a cherished Dairy Operation in Heber Valley.

Financials

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UTAH OPEN LANDS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Steward