Mountain Accord

The Central Wasatch Commission is the governmental entity that the Mountain Accord charter called to create. Upon its creation, the Central Wasatch Commission was tasked with carrying out projects initiated during the Mountain Accord process including federal legislation, the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act, the Environmental Dashboard, and canyon transportation improvements.


What was Agreed Upon in the Mountain Accord Charter


In 2013, local elected leaders, transportation officials, the general managers of the Cottonwood Canyon ski resorts, private property owners, representatives from the environmental and recreational communities, and others organized to develop a plan to sustain the Central Wasatch Mountain Range for generations to come, and to plan for increased visitation and use of the mountains. These groups first established a baseline each focus area, and how it may exist in the future, a collection of visions, goals and ways to measure progress and created a set of “perfect world” Idealized Systems for each area. This work led to the Mountain Accord Blueprint, a proposal that examined each area in detail and proposed suggestions and possibilities for the future. A public comment period concluded on May 1, 2015.


The two-year process, culminated in the Mountain Accord charter, proposed plans to address the four major issues affecting the longevity of the mountains – environment, recreation, transportation, and economy. The goal was to create and build a consensus that would include responsible stewardship of natural resources, preservation of quality recreation experiences, establish an environmentally sustainable transportation system, and contribute to a vibrant economy.


The Mountain Accord charter also called for the creation of a governmental entity to coordinate among the many stakeholders in the Central Wasatch Mountains, and to carry out the plans for each of the four issue areas. The Mountain Accord charter, signed in August 2015, is the consensus position of the Executive Board members and over 150 signatories. In September 2016, the Mountain Accord Final Report was released. The final report summarizes the process the various stakeholders undertook. You may also read a summary of the Mountain Accord here.




Systems Groups and other Mountain Accord Meetings

The four groups mentioned above were called Systems Groups. The System Groups and other committees met regularly during the Mountain Accord process. To view the meeting minutes and other information about these groups, see below.

May 9, 2016 Agenda | Notes

March 7, 2016 Agenda | Notes

Jan 11, 2016 Agenda | Notes | Disclosure process information | Private landowner requests

December 14, 2015 Agenda | Notes | Decision memo phase II plan | Decision memo federal designation

November 9, 2015 Agenda | Notes | Disclosure form

October 26, 2015 Agenda | Notes | Big Cottonwood Canyon to Park City White Paper

September 14, 2015 Agenda | Notes | Summary of Legislative Agreement Points for the Federal Designation | Draft Legislation | Proposed Federal Designation Map | Proposed Avalanche Control Mechanism | USU Visitor Survey Presentation | USU Visitor Survey

August 10, 2015 Agenda | Notes

July 13, 2015 Agenda | Notes | Draft Accord 4.0

May 2015 Agenda | Notes

April 2015 Agenda | Notes

March 2015 Agenda | Notes

January 2015 Agenda | Notes | Phase II Budget | Cottonwood Taskforce Recommendation

December 2014 Notes (with attachments) | Decision Memo: Ideal and Combined Scenarios

November 2014 Agenda and Notes | Framework for Combined Scenario

October 2014 Agenda | Notes

September 2014 Agenda | Notes

August 2014 Agenda | Notes | Decision Memo: Vision, Goals, and Metrics

July 2014 Agenda | Notes

June 2014 Agenda | Notes

May 2014 Agenda | Decision Memo: Existing Conditions and Future Trends

April 2014 Agenda | Notes

March 2014 Agenda | Notes

February 2014 Agenda | Notes

January 2014 Agenda | Notes (with attachments)

December 2013 Agenda | Notes 1 | Notes 2

November 2013 No Executive Committee Meeting // due to Thanksgiving Holiday

October 2013 Agenda | Slideshow | Notes

September 2013 Agenda | Minutes

August 2013 Agenda

February 2014 Notes

March 2014 Agenda | Notes

May 2014 Notes | Presentation

September 2014 Agenda | Notes

October 2014 Agenda | Notes

November 2014 Meeting canceled

December 2014 Documents unavailable

January 2015 Documents unavailable

System Group Rules and Procedures

System Group Roster

For all System Groups

Transportation White Paper | Federal Lands Designation White Paper | One Wasatch White Paper | Polling Questions | Idealized System Public Comment Period

October 29, 9-11:30 am

Final Transportation Group Materials: Agenda | Transportation White Paper | Polling Questions

March 3-10, 2014 Presentation | Notes | Report

April 1-2, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes

April 29-30, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Draft Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report | Final Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report

June 24-25, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Draft Vision, Goals and Metrics | Map

July 22-23, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Updated Vision, Goals, and Metrics

August 19-20, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Map Gallery

September 23-24, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Map 1 | Map 2 | Map 3

October 28 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Final Environment Group Materials: Agenda | Idealized Systems Narrative | Maps | Federal Lands Designation White Paper Polling Questions

September 23-24, 2014 Agenda | Notes | Presentation | Map 1 | Map 2 | Map 3

August 19-20, 2014 Presentation | Notes | Map Gallery

July 22-23 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Map 1 | Map 2 | Map 3 | Updated Vision, Goals, and Metrics

June 24-25, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Draft Vision, Goals, and Metrics | Map

April 29-30, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Draft Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report | Final Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report

April 1-2, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Report

March 3-10, 2014 Presentation | Notes

October 28, 9-11:30 a.m.

Final Economy Group Materials Agenda | Idealized Systems Narrative | Polling Questions

September 23-24, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Map

August 19-20, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Map Gallery

July 22-23, 2014 Presentation | Notes | Map 1 | Map 2 | Updated Vision, Goals, and Metrics

June 24-25, 2014 Agenda | Presentation 1 | Presentation 2 | Presentation 3 | Presentation 4 | Draft Vision, Goals, and Metrics | Map 1 | Map 2 | Map 3

April 29-30, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Draft Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report | Final Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report

April 1-2, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes

March 3-10, 2014 Presentation | Notes

October 29, 1:30-4 p.m.

Final Recreation Group Materials Agenda | Idealized Systems Narrative | Maps | Polling Questions

September 23-24, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Map

August 19-20, 2014 Presentation | Notes | Map Gallery

July 22-23, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Map | Updated Vision, Goals, and Metrics

June 24-25, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Draft Vision, Goals, and Metrics | Map

April 29-30, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Draft Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report | Final Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report

April 1-2, 2014 Agenda | Presentation | Notes | Report

March 3-10, 2014 Presentation | Notes | Report

October 25, 2017  Notes June 28, 2017 Notes May 25, 2017 (Platform Meeting) April 2017 February 23, 2017 (Platform Meeting) February 22, 2017 January 2017 (Human Element Meeting) December 2016 Fall 2016 (Technical Committee Outreach Summary) September 2016 May 2016 May 2016 (Environmental Dashboard Technical Committee Workshop) April 2016

Meeting materials coming soon

Mountain Accord Members

Alane Boyd, Wasatch County
Alex Butwinski, Private citizen
Alex Schmidt, Save Our Canyons
Alison Butz, Historic Park City Alliance
Allen McCandless, Salt Lake City
Allen Sanderson, Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Allison Jones, Wild Utah Project
Amanda Smith, State of Utah DEQ
Andrea Pullos, SLCo Engineering
Angelo Calacino, SLCo Parks and Recreation
Bart Reuling, Big Cottonwood Canyon Association
Becky Holt, Friends of Alta
Bill Malone, Park City Chamber/Convention and Visitors Bureau
Bob Bonar, Snowbird Ski and Summit Resort
Bob Kollar, Park City Council/PCMC Employee
Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley
Brad Glison, City of Cottonwood Heights
Brad Petersen, Utah Office Outdoor Recreation
Brad Sweet, Granite Construction
Brandon Weston, UDOT
Brian Berndt, City of Cottonwood Heights
Brian Suhadolc, Park City Resort
Brigham Mellor, Salt Lake County
Brock LeBaron, Utah Division of Air Quality
Bruce Strom, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Bryan Dillion, FHWA
Bryan O’Meara, Porcupine Pub/Canyon Culinary
Buck Boley, Alta Ski Lift Co.
Carl Fisher, Save Our Canyons
Carol Majeske, USFS
Cary Smith, Triangle Community Representative
Chad Mullins, Bike Utah
Charles Sturgis, Mountain Trails Foundation
Chris Cawley, Town of Alta
Chris Cushing, SE Group
Chris Eggleton, NewPark
Chris McCandless, Sandy City
Chris Mikell, Friends of Alta
Christina Oliver, SLCo Economic and Business Development
Christopher Conabee, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Claudia McMullin, Summit County Council
Cliff Doner, Visit Salt Lake
Clint McAffee, Park City
Colin Hilton, Utah olympic Legacy Foundation
Court Strong, University of Utah
Danny Page, UDOT
Darin Mellott, CBRE
Dave Allen, Boyer
Dave DeSeelhorst, Solitude
Dave Eckhoff, ASCE Utah Infrastructure Report Card Project
Dave Fields, Snowbird
Dave Iltis, Cycling Utah
Dave Robinson,
David “Hoopa” Robinson, Alta
David Cannon, Property Reserve, Inc.
David Dobbins, Draper City
David Fronczak, EPA
David Gellner, Salt Lake County
David Kallas, UTA
David Pratt, Snowpine Lodge
David Tushman, Jess Reid Real Estate
David Ure, Summit County Council
Dennis Goreham, Wasatch Mountain Club
Des Barker,
Don Despain, Big Cottonwood Canyon Association
Don Taylor, Wasatch Trails Alliance
Doug Hattery
Doug Smith, Wasatch County
Dwight Butler, Wasatch touring
Elise Morgan, Town of Alta Planning Commission
Eric McCulley, Intermountain Aquatics
Eric Sadler, Wasatch Mountain Club
Erin Bragg, Summit Land Conservancy
Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Council
George Vargyas, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance
Gordon Cummins, All Resort Group
Greg Hilbig, Draper City Parks and Recreation
Greg Libecci, Park City Resident
Heinrich Deters, Park City Municipal Corporation
Henry Hornberger, Solitude Mountain Resort
Howie Garber, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
Jacob Splan, UTA
Jake Powell, Kamas Valley Conservation District
Jamie Kent, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance
Jan Wilking, Real Estate Development
Jared Grant, Wasatch Powderbird Guide
Jason Gipson, US Army Corps of Engineers
Jason Shumaker, Liberty Mountain
Jeff Harris, UDOT
Jeff Jones, Summit County
Jeff McCarthy, Westminster College/U of U Humanities
Jeff Niermeyer, Salt Lake City
Jen Clancy, Friends of Alta
Jenni Smith, Park City Mountain Resort
Jennifer Leaver, University of Utah
Jennifer Rigby Kohler, UTA
Jeremy Roberts, Salt Lake County, Health Department
Jesse Stewart, Salt Lake City Public Utilities
Jill Layfield,
Jim Byrne, Bonneville Shoreline Trail Committee
Jim Ehleringer, University of Utah Biology Professor
Jim Steenburgh, University of Utah Climatologist Professor
Joanna P. Ganning, University of Utah, Dept. City and Metro. Planning
John Guldner, Town of Alta
John Hiskey, Sandy City
John Johnson, Save Our Canyons
John Knoblock, Millcreek Community Council
John Park, Cottonwood Heights
Jonathan Weidenhamer, Park City
Jordan Garn, Utah Hotel and Lodging Association
Julie Kalar, Deer Valley,
Julie Peck-Dabling, Salt Lake County
Justin Allen, Salt Lake Board of Realtors
Justin Jones, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Kari Lundeen, Utah Division of Water Quality
Keith Bartholomew, U of U Planning Professor
Keith Hanson, Salt Lake County Service Area #3
Kent Cashel, Park City
Kent Wilkerson, Summit County
Kim Carson, Summit County Council
Kirk Nichols, National Outdoor Leadership School U of U Dept. of Parks, Rec. and Tourism
Kristen Kenyon, Federal Transit Authority
Lance Soffe, Utah Dept. of Workforce Services
Laura Briefer, Salt Lake City Public Utilities
Laura Hanson, Jordan River Commission
Laurie Backus, Utah DNR
Lew Cramer, Coldwell Banker
Liam FitzGerald, UDOT
Lisa Yoder, Summit County
Liza Simpson, Park City Council
Loren Kroenke, USFS, retired
Marian Hubbard, SLCo Engineering
Mark Gessel, Triangle community representative
Mary Closser, Recycle Utah
Mary DeLoretto, UTA
Mary Pendergast, Wild Utah Project
Mary Young, Granite Community Council
Matt Howard, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Matt Sibul, UTA
Matt Steward, Utah Open Lands
Maura Olivos, Alta Ski Lifts
Michael Christopherson, Stoel Rives LLP
Michael Merrill, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Michael R. Maughan, Alta Ski Area
Mike Goar, The Canyons
Mike Grodner, UTA
Mike Kosakowski
Mike Lewis, Rio Tinto – Kennecott
Mike Morey, Town of Alta
Mike Peterson, Cottonwood Heights City Council
Mike Wilson, Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy
Nate Smith, Mountain Education Development
Nathan Rafferty, Ski Utah
Nazz Kurth, Petzl
Ned Hacker, WFRC
Nell Larson, Swaner EcoCenter
Newel Jensen, UTA
Nick Duerksen, Sandy City
Onno Wieringa, Alta Ski Lifts
Pat Shea,
Patrick Putt, Summit County
Paul Diegel, Friends for the Utah Avalanche Center
Pete Gomben, USFS
Peter Lev
Phil Dean, Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget
Phil Sarnoff, Bike Utah
Rachel Otto, SLC Transportation Advisory Board
Randy Doyle, Brighton
Red Oelerich, Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide
Renee Flanagan, USFS
Richard Hodges, The Utah Nordic Alliance
Richard Toth, USU
Robert Ett, Consultant – architect
Robert Miles, UDOT
Robin Hutcheson, SLC
Rod Sorensen, Sandy City
Roger Armstrong, Summit County Council
Roger Borgenicht, Utahns for Better Transportation
Rusty Dassing, Wasatch Powderbird Guides
Ryan Kump, Sandy City
Ryan Starks, Wasatch County
Sandra Morrison, Park City Historical Society
Scott Beck, Visit Salt Lake
Scott Earl, Sandy City
Scott Reichard, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance
Scott Schumann, U of U Parks, Rec, and Tourism
Sean Murphy, Salt Lake city
Shane Pace, Sandy City
Spencer Byrne, All Seasons Adventures
Stan Parrish, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
Stella Day, Friends of Alta
Stephanie Jochum-Natt, Wild Aware Utah Program
Stephanie Johnston, Marriott Summit Wasatch
Steve Issowits, Deer Valley
Steve Jorgensen, Big Cottonwood Canyon Association
Steve Meyer, UTA
Steve Roney, Prudential Utah Real Estate
Steve Scheid, USFS
Stuart Clason, Salt Lake City
Tim Bardsley, NOAA
Tim Henney, Park City Council
Todd Draper, Salt Lake County Planning Department
Todd Leeds, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance
Tom Pollard, Town of Alta
Tom Ryan, Save Our Canyons
Travis Skinner, Unified Police Department (UPD)
Troy Duffin, Trails Utah
Ty Markham, Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance
Vicki Bennett, Salt Lake City
Vicky Varela, State of Utah Tourism
Wayne Padgett
Wendy Fisher, Utah Open Lands
Will McCarvill, Wasatch Mountain Club
Will Pratt, Snyderville Basin Recreation District