Building On Accord

The Accord is an unprecedented agreement to build a lasting plan to preserve the Central Wasatch. The Central Wasatch Commission is continuing to work on realizing the collaborative vision contained in The Accord. Click here to read Mountain Accord’s final Cottonwood Canyons Transportation Recommendations and appendices.

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The Final Report

Mountain Accord Final Report

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.

Explore the report here.

Download a PDF of the Mountain Accord Final Report.

Four critical goals were established:

     1. Protect the environment and natural resources,
     2. Ensure high quality recreational experiences,
     3. Enhance regional transportation, and
     4. Strengthen the regional economy.

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.

The Accord

The Accord

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.

Download a PDF of the Accord

View details and background on The Accord

Mountain Accord: the Facts

Mountain Accord: the Facts

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.

Download a PDF of the Accord

Download a PDF of the Mountain Accord Process

Download a PDF of the Program Charter

The Central Wasatch Commission

The Central Wasatch Commission

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.

Download and read a PDF about the CWC 

Mountain Accord / Central Wasatch Commission Transition Fact Sheet

View full details of the Central Wasatch Commission here




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.

See Mountain Accord’s Final Cottonwood Canyons Transportation Recommendations and appendices

See the results of Mountain Accord’s survey on transportation issues

Valley to Mountain Phase I Transit Alternatives Analysis

As outlined as an objective of Mountain Accord, Summit County and Park City, along with several other project partners, are conducting a study to evaluate the transportation connections between the Salt Lake Valley and the greater Park City area. 

Initially, the study will focus on SR-224 between Kimball Junction and Park City, and will identify and compare the costs, benefits, and impacts of a range of transit alternatives. 

The study team invites you to participate in an online open house for the study. The team wants your input regarding the purpose and need of the project as well as the technology options for the project. 

You may access the virtual open house and take the survey here. Comments submitted on the website will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Ski Bus Service Changes

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.

Read about UTA’s proposed improvements to seasonal bus service

Download UTA’s presentation and maps of the route changes

Environmental Dashboard

Environmental Dashboard

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.

Download and read a fact sheet PDF on the Environmental Dashboard

The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area

The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area

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.

Find out more about the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area legislation’s details

Download a PDF fact sheet about the Central Wasatch Conservation and Recreation Area

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Financial Information

Mountain Accord Financial Report 

To view a PDF of the Financial Report click here.

View a PDF of the Financial Report’s appendices here (large file).

This report can also be found on the Utah State Auditor’s web site. (Search term: “Mountain Accord.”)

For financial information from the Mountain Accord Final Report click here.


Contact Mountain Accord

Mountain Accord Program Director - Laynee Jones

Lands and Planning Coordinator - Megan Nelson

Media Relations Coordinator - Mike Grass

Environmental Dashboard Coordinator - Marion Rice

Valley to Mountain I-80 Transportation Study Inquiries

Transportation Study Coordinator (Summit County) - Caroline Farris