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With just days remaining, Summit Land conserves Round Valley

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

After nearly two years and countless campaigns, Summit Land Conservancy is ready to present the Osguthorpe family with a $1 million check to conserve a portion of Round Valley for generations to come.

Cheryl Fox, executive director of the Summit Land Conservancy, said the organization was only one week away from their deadline when the final donations came in.

"People realized it was time to help," Fox said. "We owe a huge amount of gratitude to so many people and businesses and organizations that made this conservation easement possible."

The 694-acres of preserved land in Round Valley includes cross-country skiing trails, hiking trails and agricultural land that the Osguthorpe family grows alfalfa and barley on in the summer.

"We had 50 people contribute on Wednesday alone," Fox said. "We gave Park City $925,000 and have another $75,000 coming from pledges and donations. So many people got us where we are, it really was a group effort. We owe this to so many organizations, including Basin Recreation who gave us that final amount that got us to the finish line."

Fox added that she hopes the community coming together to protect open space sends a message to lawmakers that conserving land is something residents in Summit County value.

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"This shows how much we care about this," Fox said. "I never realized we would get so many donations in our last weeks. It is so exciting for us and for open space."

For more information visit http://www.summitlandconservancy.org.