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Mountain Accord was an unprecedented collaboration of public and private interests established to preserve the legacy of the Central Wasatch mountains and to agree on an integrated, comprehensive, landscape-scale framework for current and future decision-making.
Four critical goals were established:
The Accord represents the commitment of these organizations to support collective desired outcomes and to proceed with a suite of actions. The intent of these actions is to ensure that future generations can enjoy all the activities we enjoy today, while preserving our watershed and natural environment.
This Final Report summarizes the process to arrive at the Accord and acknowledges the hundreds of dedicated individuals who worked to make the Accord a reality.
On Aug. 3, 2014, a historic agreement, 30 years in the making was signed. In signing the Accord, we created a new context to address longstanding contentious issues that have muddled decision-making for decades. The Accord is the culmination of two years of public feedback and an unprecedented locally-led process among government agencies, environmental advocacy groups and ski resorts and private landholders. It’s visions, directives and principles will guide future decision-making in the Central Wasatch and help build a legacy of good stewardship for the future.
Mountain Accord brought together disparate interests in a collaborative manner to settle decades of conflict and create a sustainable plan for the preservation of the Central Wasatch. The unique collaboration among these interests—including representatives from federal, state and local governments and agencies, environmental advocacy groups, and private interests—was created to examine broad solutions to preserving the Central Wasatch Range for future generations.
As directed by the Mountain Accord Executive Board, The Central Wasatch Commission (CWC) is being considered by local governments. Upon approval the CWC’s mission will be to implement the actions outlined in the Accord and will continue Mountain Accord’s tradition of public engagement, transparency and consensus building. Look for upcoming public meetings, agendas here.
As directed by the Mountain Accord Executive Board, The Central Wasatch Commission (CWC) is being formed this fall. The CWC’s mission will be to implement the actions outlined in the Accord and will continue Mountain Accord’s tradition of public engagement, transparency and consensus building.
The Accord directs us to work toward short and long-term transportation solutions to ensure sustainable and year-round access to the Central Wasatch Range for everyone. Continued reliance on private automobiles is unsustainable. The future – without action – promises more traffic congestion on canyon roads.
Mountain Accord is working with the Utah Transit Authority to make service more frequent and convenient for riders. It is part of multi pronged approach to mitigate traffic congestion and environmental concerns in two of the most popular Wasatch Front recreation area.
“(It’s) improvements to bus service, parking management, getting people to carpool and real-time communication so people can know what’s going on,” Mountain Accord Program Director Laynee Jones said.
The solutions currently under development are to be implemented during the upcoming winter and next, as well as next summer.
As Mountain Accord came together, stakeholders developed the concept of an Environmental Dashboard. The Dashboard is a tool for decision makers to track the Central Wasatch’s environmental health and evaluate impacts in future planning discussions. We are creating a tool that to ensure that the health of the Central Wasatch’s natural landscape is fully considered now and far into the future.
The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area will be a legacy for future generations of residents, who see the Central Wasatch as a critical part of what it means to be a Utahn.
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