Trees Ranch highlighted in Private Properties column
Trees Ranch, a Utah ranch for sale adjoining Zion National Park, was featured in today’s Wall Street Journal Private Properties column. The article focuses on the ownership of the late Jim Trees, former CEO of New York investment firm Fischer, Francis, Trees & Watts.
Jim Trees, who was also a conservationist and founding member of the Grand Canyon Trust, and his visionary partner dedicated themselves to creating a national park of their own while maintaining the agricultural and cultural traditions of the Anasazi, Paiutes and pioneer settlers who farmed the ranch’s fertile virgin soils with pristine waters. Less than 10% of the ranch is protected by a conservation easement, leaving a blank canvas for the next owner to add their mark and continue the tradition of exemplary stewardship.
Conservation Values include:
- Zion National Park adjoining the ranch has recently been expanded and it has been designated as wilderness; this, coupled with the adjoining Canaan Mountain Wilderness, virtually assures the pristine nature of the ranch forever.
- Adjoining stretches of the East Fork of the Virgin River and Shunes Creek are designated as “Wild and Scenic.”
- Adjoining Parunuweep Canyon is designated as a “Natural Research Area” by the U.S. National Park Service.
- Scenic vistas
- Geological diversity
- High-quality terrestrial and aquatic communities with natural habitat for rare, endangered and threatened native fish, wildlife and plants
- Significant historical and cultural areas such as the Shunesburg settlement and traces of the Virgin Anasazi and Paiute Indians
In addition, the article talks about the architecture on the property. Famed architect William McDonough designed the four homes and several ranch buildings on the property.
See the article for this Utah ranch for sale at the Wall Street Journal. Trees Ranch is featured in the middle of the column and photos of the ranch can be viewed in the slide show.