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You can protect the rural landscapes

Dear Editor:

Thank you so much for your front-page article drawing attention to the conflicts facing long-time landowners in eastern Summit County, and highlighting their desire to preserve their rural landscape.

The Summit Land Conservancy (Summit County’s most active, and only local, land trust) is working with several families, just like the Pace family in your article, to permanently protect the rural nature of eastern Summit County. The Summit Land Conservancy already preserves over 2,000 acres in and around Park City, including Round Valley and the undeveloped parts of Empire Canyon. Our current Park City projects include placing permanent conservation easements on the McPolin farmlands and on 600 acres of Iron Mountain.

As your article pointed out, the long-time residents of eastern Summit County are now beginning to experience the kind of growth that has occurred in Park City and the Snyderville Basin for many years. For many of them, this is not a welcome change. Even though growth is fueling their property values, the preservation of other values (especially their agricultural heritage) is more important. We get many calls and frankly, if we had more money, we could preserve a lot of land.

Time is of the essence. Most of the large properties have been owned by generations of the same family, but as their farming enterprise becomes marginalized, they grow tired of mowing hay. Nonetheless, they are willing to permanently give up their development rights because they don’t want to see the land they and their ancestors nurtured turned into a subdivision.

The Summit Land Conservancy continues to help local landowners permanently protect their rural lands. But federal and state funding is limited and often takes years to obtain. Helping these devoted landowners establish conservation easements to protect their lands and the open space that forms such a vital part of our community lifestyle will require a much smaller financial commitment today than any time in the future.

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Everyone can help. Small amounts from many can make a big difference. If your readers would like to help us protect the rural landscapes of eastern Summit County and Park City, we invite them to join us in this vital effort. We can be reached at http://www.summitlandconservancy.org or by calling 435-649-0220.

Thank you,

Cheryl Fox

Executive Director

Summit Land Conservancy

Pick up your pet’s poop


I’ve been here in Park City one month and plan on staying much longer, and I enjoy all the walking/biking trails here. However, I am very sad and disappointed in seeing so much dog poop on the Rail Trail, even though Park City has bags on a post every so often for the purpose of picking up the poop and disposing of it in the proper containers. Don’t or can’t people, who have these pets, read?

Something has to be done about this. You have any suggestions?

Otherwise a very happy visitor,

Lisa Zysk

They only bite at night


The Summit County Health Department would like to thank Dr. Harold DeBlanc for the information provided on West Nile Virus prevention (Park Record, July 25, 2007, pageA-8). However, there are a few points that need clarification.

The mosquito that transmits West Nile Virus only bites between dusk and dawn. This is very important to stress because many cases of West Nile Virus have occurred when someone was bitten by an infected mosquito at their own home in the evening. Daytime activities typically do not put you at risk for West Nile Virus.

The CDC recommends not spraying repellent directly on to your face. Instead, spray your hands and apply the repellent on to your face, avoiding your eyes. Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards.

Summit County has had no reports of West Nile Virus so far this summer in sentinel chickens, mosquito pools, horses or humans. Regardless, it is always good to prevent mosquito bites.

For more information about West Nile Virus, please call the Summit County Health Department at 615-3951 or visit http://www.summitcountyhealth.org .

Again, the Health Department appreciates Dr. DeBlanc’s proactive approach to West Nile Virus prevention.


Katie Mullaly

Summit County Health Department

Ready to take the bait, Captain Dan?


Hey Bischoff: (See Dan Bischoff’s column, "Bait chuckers vs. fly-fishermen," The Park Record, July 7-10.) I am not surprised at your "Holier than Thou" attitude of fly fishermen vs. everyone else! I too have experienced this absurd elitist trait all to common among knuckleheads with fly rods.

I am a very experienced fisherman and have been spin, fly, and bait fishing in rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans for about 40+ years and have only recently noticed this alarming "I am better than you" discriminatory attitude coming from fly fishermen both on and off the river. It is funny because many of this new breed of so called "fly fishermen" have just recently entered into the now trendy, re-invigorated sport, with very limited skills and TON$ of expensive equipment but are clueless about how to actually read a river and catch a fish.

These newbies are easy to spot. They need a guide like Dan to fish the Provo and teach them to discriminate! And, they sure have copped some serious attitude about the way they catch fish. I will pull out my fly rod or spinning gear depending on the water, weather, location or mood and I am the same person no matter what gear I have in my hand. Unfortunately, I have experienced several rude comments and un-sportsmanlike actions from fly fishermen for absolutely no other reason than the fact that I had spinning gear in hand, yet get treated like a long-lost friend when I have my fly rod in hand.

What’s that about, Captain Dan? Why don’t you and I go on a little "fishin’ mission"? I will use your fly rod and you can use my spinning gear!

Thank you for your attention.


Duane Bush

‘Greatest Generation’ deserves our gratitude


As Utahns, we have celebrated the birthday of our great nation these past few weeks. We have reflected and remembered the rights and privileges that we take advantage of every day. We have remembered not only those who are serving our country today, but also those from the "Greatest Generation."

As we have watched the WWII veterans in parades and flag ceremonies these past few weeks, we can’t help but notice their true patriotism. The tears in their eyes as the flag passes by, the salute while they proudly wear their American Legion uniforms, their knees wobbling as they stand for the national anthem, are all gentle reminders that they are still proud to serve our country.

We owe these men and women our very existence and way of life. It is to them the committee for "Operation Hero Flight" persists in trying to get these elderly, vibrant, heroic veterans to Washington D.C. to see their monument. We are committed to do this flight, but we need YOUR HELP.

We are making one last plea to individuals, businesses, and corporations to make a donation now. Please partner with us to give this flight wings. We will be forced to cancel Utah’s Hero Flight permanently if we don’t have sufficient funds by 13 August. We all know someone who served; let us now serve them.

Please go to any Wells Fargo and donate to Operation Hero Flight account. You can also donate on our Web site at http://www.heroflight.com .

Let’s say "Thank You" together.

Judy Lemmons

Mike & Emily Mecham

Kim Christofferson

Kevin Boughton

Ryan Lind

Keith Hall

Operation Hero Flight Committee