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What Can Qualify As Open Space

Natural Resources:

Significant sites may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Community Types

    • groups of plants that grow together in recognizable units and are characteristic of different habitats such as riparian areas 
  • Ecological Features

    • unique, underrepresented, or interesting interdependent living systems that exist because of specific limiting factors such as the soils and nutrients, availability of water, climate, etc 
    • rare plants or animal species 
  • Ecosystems Currently Underrepresented in the System.

  • Geologic Features

    • recharge zones for aquifers
    • unique rock formation 
    • the Bonneville Lake Shoreline
  • Rare or Endangered Species

    • Animals and or plants whose existence is threatened, as defined by State or Federal agencies 
  • Riparian Areas

    • Ecological communities, existing along river banks, streams, springs, lakes or wetlands, that contain unique vegetation and wildlife habitat due to its association with bodies of water
    • serve as perennial, ephemeral, or intermittent sources of surface or subsurface water
    • provide habitat for animal species
    • serve important cleansing and recharge functions for waterways 
  • Watersheds

    • Entire regions in which the precipitation collects and flows into various tributaries or waterways with each tributary eventually draining into the mainstream of a river 
  • Waterways

    • open water, such as lakes and ponds
    • riparian areas, or relating to the banks of a natural watercourse
    • rivers, intermittent streams, and canals

Archaeological / Historical Resources:

Significant sites may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Archaeological and Historical Sites: At least 75 years old and represent the historical antecedents of Salt Lake County

Recreational and Trails Resources:

Sites may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Existing historical trails
  • Non motorized activities
  • Rare piece of remaining land in a community that may be used for community definition
  • Parcels of land that directly contribute to the county trail backbone or the primary trail system, e.g. Bonneville Shoreline Trail