Summarized by Eileen Bell
Successful Campaign Preserves Open Space on Mormon Trail
Salt Lake Tribune 8Jun00 N6
By Tom Wharton: Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A stretch of land on the Mormon Trail will be
preserved thanks to fund-raising efforts. Grants come from various
private foundations and groups, including The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. The 2.56 million dollars that has been raised
will be used to preserve 73 hundred acres of land along East Canyon
Creek near Salt Lake City.
The land will remain the property of the Clayton and Macfarlane
families, who have owned it for almost a hundred years. Executive
director of Utah Open Lands, Wendy Fisher, says, "The wonderful
thing is that the private nonprofit community in Utah has come
through, as usual, for open space protection. It stresses all
the more the importance of the private sector involvement in land
The conservation easement will make sure the land does not get
subdivided, or development. Wildlife will benefit from the maintaining
of a habitat.
Besides having part of the Mormon Trail, the land also was used by
the Pony Express, and has parts of the California, Donner-Reed,
and Overland Stage trails.