Ercanbrack Ranch: 2,161 Acres Forever Protected 
Summit Land Conservancy // Fall Newsletter
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Winter Solstice / Moon Shine Adventure / Stevens Grove
Fri 12/21 @ 7:00 p.m.

Congratulations to the Ercanbrack Family!
Ercanbrack Livestock has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Utah Leopold Conservation Award, and we are so proud! The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievements in voluntary conservation and is presented in 14 states. Learn more HERE.

Summit County Comes to the Table with Additional Funding to Protect Heritage Amenity
Thank you Summit County Council for your $500,000 contribution to preserve the Osguthorpe Farm on Old Ranch Road. This funding is a giant step toward  safeguarding a piece of Park City's agricultural heritage! The Conservancy still has another $1.8 million to go. Click HERE to learn more.

Save the Green Heart of the Basin-- Time is Running Out!
We enjoy views of the 'Green Heart' when we're biking in Round Valley, skiing at Park City Mountain, and hiking on Rob's Trail.  Watch the video to learn more about this critical piece of property in the Snyderville Basin.  The fate is in YOUR hands.  Donate TODAY .

Join our 158 Campaign!
Anyone who donates $158 or more (a dollar for every acre of the Osguthorpe Farm), from now until the end of December, will have an opportunity to win a XC ski pass and ski rental package generously donated by White Pine Touring. The Conservancy is currently offering a matching grant of $150,000 that doubles every donation to save the farm!

Join our Summit Society!
Members of the Summit Society give $1,000+ annually and receive invitations to special receptions and private Summit Society events. To learn more about how you can become a Member, contact  

Join our Monthly Donor Club!
Monthly donations help us by providing a stable, year-round source of funds that allow us to save land. Spread out your gift over the course of a year, AND save paper by donating online! To learn more click HERE.

Get Your Copy of Witness Today!
Park City Witness is a collection of essays and artwork by local writers and artists celebrating open space. It's the PERFECT gift for locals and visitors and can be purchased for $16.95 at the following locations: Dolly's Bookstore, Swaner EcoCenter Gift Shop, Atticus Coffee Books and Teahouse, Cahoots Cards Gifts & Cigars, Park City Museum, and White Pine Touring. You can also come visit us at our office and pick up your copy today!
Shop at Smith's and AmazonSmile and SAVE LAND!
Did you know that you can register your rewards programs at both Smith's Food & Drug stores (CODE 30245) and AmazonSmile to benefit the Summit Land Conservancy? Register today, and help save land.

Thank you to all our partners and members like you!
Summit Land Conservancy
1650 Park Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060

We're ready for the snow to fly!
Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving?! Time sure flies when you're busy saving land!  Over the past couple months the Summit Land Conservancy team has been advocating for Park City's Open Space Bond, trying to save the 158-acre Osguthorpe Farm on Old Ranch Road from development, preparing for the greatest day of nonprofit giving of the year, and working on several conservation projects that will preserve the lands we all love. 

The temps are dropping and it's starting to feel a lot like... winter. We're ready for the snow to fly, because there's nothing more beautiful than open space covered in a fresh blanket of white.

We hope you enjoy our Fall Newsletter!

Your Donations at Work.
Saving land one day at a time
Saving land isn't easy but when you have a dedicated Conservation team putting in countless hours applying for funding, writing baselines and crafting conservation easements, the end product is more rewarding than ever. 
This year, the Summit Land Conservancy is aiming to close on FIVE new easements by the end of December. Two of the projects will support our Weber River Watershed Initiative, and permanently preserve heritage ranches on the eastern side of the county. The preservation of these lands will protect water quality, safeguard the legacy of two ranching families, and offer angler access in Henefer. Both projects have received grant funding from the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) and the ESAP (Eastern Summit County Ag Preservation and Open Space Advisory Committee), and have been three long years in the making. These projects are prime examples of how dedication, persistence and hard work pay off.
We also plan to close on two conservation easement donations by the end of year. One property will protect wildlife habitat and provide trail access to neighbors of Tollgate Canyon. The other donation will be our very first project within the Provo River Watershed and will protect the views you enjoy when driving to Woodland Biscuit Co. -- our favorite place to grab Sunday brunch!
Lastly, our fifth project is a neighborhood effort to protect open space and expand on our Enclave at Cedar Draw easement, which is home to trails such as Rob's, Colin's and Dubois.
We look forward to making official announcements after each closing. STAY TUNED!
Community Engagement.

Thank You for Preserving Park City
On Tuesday, November 6, Park City residents showed overwhelming support for the Park City Open Space Bond that was on this year's ballot. The bond passed with a majority of the vote (77%) and clearly demonstrated that once again, open space is the heart of our community. Thank you to all the open space enthusiasts who let us host parties in their homes, attended an open house discussion, bundled mailers in our office, walked our streets campaigning, tabled events with information, and lastly voted FOR the issuance of bonds. Treasure Hill will remain open space for future generations because of YOU!

Live PC Give PC
Every year we are amazed by how our small town comes together to support Park City's awesome nonprofits. Thank you to everyone who showed their love for open space this Live PC Give PC. In just 24 hours the Summit Land Conservancy raised over $120,000 from 433 unique donors and placed FIRST on the "Protecting Where We Play" Leaderboard. We couldn't do it without you and the generosity of our amazing matching grant donors: The Shear Family Foundation, Glenwild, The Lemons Family, and Park City Sunrise Rotary Club!

Moon Shine Adventure at Stevens Grove | December 21
Join us as we ring in this year's Winter Solstice with a Moon Shine Adventure on the Weber River! Dress in your warmest winter garb and bring a headlamp and your favorite mug (yes, we'll provide the hot cider!)--  We will walk or snowshoe (depending on snow coverage) the 20 acre Stevens Grove property located in the heart of Oakley. The property boasts a beautiful trail that meanders along the Weber River, full of wildlife and different sounds of the night! We will meet at Stevens Grove at 7:00 PM and our adventure will last about 1-1.5 hours. To RSVP or to learn more, contact . We love this property and we think you will too!

FUN FACT: December's full moon is called the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon, because of low winter temps and long hours of darkness.

Photo courtesy of Matt Baydala
Member Highlight.
Kathleen Nichols 
Katheen Nichols grew up in the Midwest and always felt like a "fish out of water" because she yearned to live in the mountains. She made that dream come true 15 years ago when she moved to Park City. Kathleen and her husband, Scott, have 3 adventurous and well-traveled daughters. Two are college students, and one in high school. They are looking forward to being empty-nesters, so they can travel to their hearts' content.  

Kathleen has a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and a BS in Nursing from Creighton University. She spent a number of years as a nurse at both IHC and The University of Utah Medical Center but after the birth of their first child, she decided the most noble of professions was to be a 'stay at home Mom'. She spent the next several years raising their 3 girls and instilling in them their love for the mountains and wilderness. During that time she volunteered at her children's schools in multiple capacities, from room mom to executive committees. Now that the children are older, she has dabbled in "flipping" houses and gives her time to multiple non-profits. 

Kathleen joined the Summit Land Conservancy Board of Directors in August 2017. This upcoming year, she looks forward to stepping up to become the next Board President. She hopes to preserve as much open space as possible so her family (and every family) can continue to enjoy what brought them to Summit County in the first place: the opportunity to recreate in the mountains surrounded by natural landscapes. She loves to hike, ski, bike and run in the mountains, usually far behind her husband and children.

Kathleen, we CAN'T WAIT to work under your leadership next year!  


Kids Outdoors
Our Kids Outdoors program restores nature play and connects local youth to the land. As kids begin to lose touch with their natural surroundings we aim to create memories outdoors that will foster environmental ethics, and make our children happier and healthier! Volunteer as a Play Naturalist, and inspire the future guardians of this beautiful planet! For more info, email .
Adopt an Easement 
YOU can help us protect  our properties while you enjoy Park City's open spaces. Use your daily, weekly, or monthly outdoor adventures to tread lightly on one of our easements and tell us what you see! It's simple but the impact is great. Please  email Caitlin for more information on this important program.

Make sure to visit our Sign Up Genius listings for new volunteer opportunities! You can find them by entering on the Find a Sign Up page. We also welcome other ideas and suggestions of ways you feel you can help and would like to contribute.