If the owners of the grazing land used by Morgan Valley Lamb were to sell their 10,000 mountain acres in Morgan County to developers, Utah would lose not only one of its dwindling agricultural operations but some of the last scenic, pristine lands close to the bustling Wasatch Front.
The Utah Legislature has a mechanism in place in the LeRay McAllister Fund to save such places, but it has failed to put money into the fund in order to collect matching federal conservation money. That is a mistake that should be corrected.
The sheep-raising operation, which has been marketing top-grade lamb to local restaurants and grocery stores for more than a decade, is shutting down because the nine cousins who own the grazing land have decided to sell. The large parcel on the back of the Wasatch Mountains comprises hills, mountainous terrain, streams and scattered pastures.