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Courtesy Jim Shuler


Protected in 1999

Acreage: 7,300

Morgan County, UT

In a unique partnership with the Trust for Public Lands and the State of Utah’s Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands, Utah Open Lands secured a 7,300 historic mountain ranch in June of 2000. Located in East Canyon, the property contains a large portion of the watershed for East Canyon Reservoir.  Peaceful Valley Ranch, now known as Seventh Heaven, represents a classic western landscape-rolling hills covered in scrub oak, rich riparian areas with large cottonwood stands, and an historic homestead complete with farmhouse, barn, and a restored Pony Express station. The Ranch is home to eight stream crossings on the historic Mormon Pioneer Trail. In addition to its historic values,  Peaceful Valley Ranch contains significant wildlife habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, sage grouse, mountain lion, bobcat, red fox, bald eagle, golden eagle, and American kestrel.  The Peaceful Valley Ranch Preserve project demonstrated enormous success from a diverse group of supporters. The Utah State Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands will hold the conservation easement, with co-enforcement and monitoring powers held by Utah Open Lands.

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