Environmental consultant joins BOSAC
The Snyderville Basin Open Space Advisory Committee (BOSAC) now has an additional voice from the community.
Environmental consultant Polly Ivers was selected to be the committee’s ninth member at the Summit County Council’s Thursday meeting.
The committee reports to County Manager Bob Jasper and recommends property acquisitions, land trusts to hold conservation easements and funding strategies for the acquisitions, explained Ashley Koehler, sustainability coordinator for the county.
Last December, the council decided the eight-person committee needed an odd-numbered cast to break any tied votes that may occur, she explained.
The council considered several candidates, mostly from the real estate industry, but decided on Ivers because of her experience in environmental conservation, Koehler said.
It’s a volunteer position and is usually sought by people passionate about the preservation of open space in the Basin. In her application, Ivers said she was born and raised in Snyderville.
"Having seen the ‘before’ picture gives me a unique understanding of the importance of responsible planning and land conservation and how it provides for a certain quality of life," she wrote in her application.
Ivers explained she is a fourth-generation resident of the county. After earning a degree in environmental biology, she served an internship with Utah Open Lands before beginning her career in environmental consulting. She frequently performs site assessments and remediation for city and county governments, she wrote.
Ivers is also active with the Mountain Trails Foundation and is a graduate of the Leadership Park City Class XVI.
Ivers could not be reached for comment.
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