The Oquirrh Foundation is dedicated to educating individuals and organizations about the importance of preserving open space in and surrounding the Oquirrh Mountain Range. We strive to see those places within the Oquirrhs that have been kept free from development preserved in their natural state. Organized as member led non-profit corporation (501 c3), your involvement is key to achieving our goals and saving the Oquirrhs.


Board Members

Bennion Gardner is the Founder and Executive Director of The Oquirrh Foundation. Growing up on the west side of Salt Lake County, he often wondered what lie beyond Kennecott’s fences. After getting married and moving even closer to the mountains he became very involved in the Magna community. He began to explore portions of the Oquirrhs that are open to the public and found a place of beauty and solitude worth protecting.

Liz Oates is a funeral director and embalmer who grew up in the shadows of the Oquirrhs.  She loves hiking and backpacking and hiked 400 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo in 2018. She believes that everyone should have access to beautiful, wild places and is proud to support the mission of the Oquirrh Foundation. 

Michael Boman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and avid hiker. He knows the power nature has to improve mental health. While he often spends his free time climbing the peaks and ridges extending of the Wasatch Mountains he wants to see the same recreational opportunities made available to residents surrounding the Oquirrhs.

Kiera Marie is a graduate student at the University of Utah studying social work and women’s health. She is passionate about the planet and proudly calls herself a tree-hugger. She grew up in the shadow of the Oquirrhs and they have always been special to her. Her grandparents often told stories of freely camping and horseback riding in the Oquirrh Mountains, but never being able to experience that herself. She hopes to see the Oquirrhs opened again for outdoor recreation one day.

Mike Hawker. As an avid outdoorsman, the mountains have always felt like home. For me, there is peace and serenity that comes while surrounded by Mother Nature. I love the feeling of being somewhere that not many others have been, and that’s why the Oquirrhs are so special to me. Over the past eight years I’ve been blessed to live at the base of these amazing mountains and they, to me, are a lost and forgotten gem. They are often overshadowed by our other gorgeous mountains to the east but I’ve learned over the years that the Oquirrhs offer epic scenery, rugged trails, wildlife, and the alpine feel that every mountain lover dreams of. As I run the trails of the Oquirrhs there is a feel of history and mystique that is special and unique. There is amazing history carved into rocks all over the range. I love the Oquirrhs and want to share and preserve all of it that we can. 


Get Involved

We are a growing organization and always looking for individuals who share our vision to join us. We are currently looking for volunteers in various capacities along with adding additional members to our board. To express interest in volunteering please email us using the link below.

Middle Canyon, Tooele County