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Summit County seals deal on 910 Ranch with $40 million federal grant

'This is a momentous acquisition for current and future generations of Summit County residents.'

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — The United States Forest Service (USFS) awarded $40 million in funding from the Forest Legacy Program (FLP) to Summit County’s Wasatch Back Forest Conservation Project for the purchase of the 8,588-acre 910 Cattle Ranch property.

This grant is part of the $154 million that The Forest Service is awarding to 26 projects that will conserve approximately 168,000 acres of private forestlands across the United States, ensuring these special places will remain for the communities that rely on them.

In late August 2023, the Summit County Council unanimously voted to approve an option agreement to purchase the 910 Cattle Ranch for $55 million. The 910 Cattle Ranch spans 8,576 acres north of Jeremy Ranch. This grant award, in combination with the $15 million in funding from the General Obligation Bond for open space that Summit County voters passed in 2021, will fully fund the land purchase.

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“The County is incredibly grateful for this federal support and our strong partnership with Utah’s Forestry, Fire and State Lands department,” Summit County Manager Shayne Scott said. “This is a momentous acquisition for current and future generations of Summit County residents.”

The county could assume full ownership of the property as late as next summer 2025. In the meantime, it will be stewards of the land. The County has trained and vetted volunteer ambassadors to assist in monitoring the property, and the Summit County Sheriff’s mounted posse and deputies will be actively patrolling the area.

The County reminds everyone that recreating is only permitted on the dirt East Canyon Road and to obey all signage. In addition, bringing your dog with you is a privilege, so leash and clean up after your animal.

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