Nonprofit Spotlight: Summit Land Conservancy

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Photo Credit: CM Lansche

Part of what makes Park City such an incredible place to live are the gorgeous vistas surrounding us. And for those beautiful landscapes we have the Summit Land Conservancy to thank. Since 2002, this local nonprofit has been fighting to preserve the lands and watersheds we love.

2017 has been a milestone year for this incredible organization; on January 31, Summit Land Conservancy officially became landowners with the purchase of a 23-acre property along Oakley’s Weber River. Known as Stevens Park, this new open space area is part of the larger Oakley River Corridor Project.

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Empire Canyon (Photo credit: Eric Erlenbusch)

One of the Summit Land Conservancy’s newest projects is the preservation of Bonanza Flats, over 1,300 acres of beautiful wildlife along Guardsman Pass. The Summit Land Conservancy is working to save this parcel with a coalition of 11 environmental, conservation, and recreation-focused nonprofits. The area features numerous trails for hiking and biking, while backcountry skiers enjoy the area come winter. You can check out some footage of the region here:

Originally, the Bonanza Flats were privately owned and slated for development. But this past November, Park City approved a $25 million bond to contribute toward the $38 million needed to purchase the entire area. You can help raise the additional funds needed to purchase all of Bonanza Flats with a contribution. And thanks to a $50,000 anonymous donation, every dollar donated will be matched:

Bonanza Flats

If you want to get more involved with this exciting organization, here are a couple of upcoming events to check out:

Bonanza Flats Art Show, Fundraiser and Silent Auction – March 10, 5-7pm

Stop by the Whole Foods for a family-friendly event and bid on the work of 10 artists to help support the Bonanza Flats project. The event is free to attend and will offer complimentary food and beverages.

Moon Shine Adventure – March 11, 7pm

Join the Summit Land Conservancy for a full moon ski up PCMR to learn about local trails and open space. Meet at the bottom of the First Time Chairlift and bring your own headlamp and gear.

After every sale, I make a donation to a deserving nonprofit selected by my client. Nonprofit Spotlight highlights the recipients of these donations. My tradition of giving fits into the larger charitable mission of the nonprofit Sotheby’s Cares, wherein Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s sales associates routinely give to worthy causes. In 2017, we donated $70,000 to many organizations, including The Park City Foundation, the Mountain Trails Foundation, KPCW, Summit Land Conservancy, and PC Reads.

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