Why We Do It

We Save Land…It Safeguards Your Legacy.

In addition to the intangible values open space offers, the Summit Land Conservancy saves land because it also provides benefits you need for a better life.

Our work with willing landowners to protect the working farms and ranches in the Weber River Basin from development ensures that you and future generations have clean water. The Weber Basin supplies irrigation and drinking water to 30 percent of the Wasatch Front, roughly 600,000 people, and 21 percent of Utah’s entire population!

The sustainably managed farm and ranch lands we help preserve near the Weber River filter water, absorb and store seasonal runoff, and help to mitigate flooding from major storms in your communities.

The 5,300 acres of open space we protect stores about 1,055 metric tons of CO2 per year. That’s the equivalent of removing 230 vehicles a year from the road and results in cleaner air for you and your children to breathe.

The land we save protects critical habitat for the many animal species you love to watch in Summit County, including:

  • Bald eagles
  • Moose
  • Red foxes
  • Elk
  • Sandhill cranes
  • Mule deer
  • Bonneville cutthroat trout
  • Great blue herons