Open Space And Agricultural Preservation
Summit County acquires property and secures conservation easements for the purposes of open space, agriculture preservation, and resource protection. The county uses several different acquisition methods and will pursue, depending on the individual circumstance, both land and conservation easements.
Currently there are three independent Summit County advisory committees serving to provide input to the County Manager and the County Council in regards to open space and agricultural preservation property acquisition:
- Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC), established for the purpose of "the identification, preservation and acquisition of open space, agricultural protection areas, and conservation easements countywide."
- Eastern Summit County Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board (ESAP), established for the purpose of "creation, identification and preservation of agricultural and open space lands within Eastern Summit County"
- Basin Open Space Advisory Committee (BOSAC), established for the purpose of “creation, preservation, and identification of recreational open space within the Snyderville Basin in order to ensure high conservation values and promote the resort and scenic character of the area."
Summit County is continually seeking interest landowners that are interested in property acquisitions or conservation easement projects. The County has created three Open Space and Agricultural Preservation Advisory Committees that review property for the acquisition of land, conservation easements, development rights, and other means of preserving open space and forwards recommendations to the Summit County Manager and Council. The County Manager makes all final funding decisions.
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