The Mountain Accord Agreement
Mountain Accord was established to benefit current and future generations by establishing an integrated, comprehensive, landscape-scale framework for the future of the Central Wasatch Mountains. The Accord agreement, signed in August 2015, is the consensus position of the Executive Board members and over 150 signatories.
Mountain Accord Final Report
In September 2016, The Mountain Accord Final Report was released. The report summarizes the process to arrive at the Accord and acknowledges the hundreds of dedicated individuals who worked to make the Accord a reality.
Mountain Accord was established in 2013 to make critical decisions and implement solutions to preserve the Central Wasatch and ensure its long-term vitality. This unprecedented collaboration of diverse groups sought to create a collaborative solution for the future of the Central Wasatch. Mountain Accord’s 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 process brought together more than 20 organizations and nearly 200 stakeholders to discuss a plan for future that preserved the legacy of the Wasatch. Groups were formed around four important areas — environment, recreation, transportation and economy. We filled these groups with technical experts, community and advocacy groups as well as folks from agencies and organizations related to each area.
These groups first established a baseline for the way each part of the puzzle exists today 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 on-going 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.
Timeline of The Accord Process
Signed accord – land mark consensus
5,000+ members of the public weigh in on a proposed blueprint
Identified existing conditions, future trend-lines, & idealized systems
Mountain Accord publicly launched
20+ key elected officials and stakeholders convened
What was Agreed to in The Accord?
- Designate National Conservation and Recreation Area and new wilderness
- Land exchanges between the USFS and Cottonwood ski resorts
- Transportation improvements for the Cottonwood Canyons
- Transit improvements in Parleys Canyon
- Piloting private shuttle service in Millcreek Canyon
- Comprehensive trail and cycling plan
- Environmental Dashboard to continue to monitor health of natural resources
- and adaptive management plan
- Program for the acquisition of private lands with environment and recreation values with willing sellers
- Governance structure that includes elected officials
- Long-term funding