Proposed Blueprint

Proposed Blueprint

Proposed Blueprint


Putting it all Together

“Mountain Accord is a giant gift to this community of progressive thinking and action: working at a landscape scale, putting first the ecological system that keeps us all afloat, and supporting products like the environmental dashboard. Behind it all are a hard-working bunch of people who really care about a place — WOW!”

–Joan Degiorgio, Northern Mountains Regional Director, The Nature Conservancy

Building on the work of the four system groups,

all four idealized systems were merged into one combined scenario for consideration by the Executive Board during a retreat in November of 2014. The scenario highlighted areas of harmony and areas of conflict. At the retreat, and at subsequent Executive Board meetings, the Program Director facilitated dialogue that further defined areas of conflict and potential consensus-based resolutions. The project team revised the scenario based on this input.

The result of this process yielded a proposed Blueprint that described future actions needed to preserve the legacy of the Central Wasatch mountains. The Blueprint was released for public input on February 4, 2015. Extensive public dialogue ensued and the public comment period was extended until May 1, 2015. During the comment period:

  • 8 forums were held, which drew nearly 1,200 attendees,
  • Reports were given to the Executive Board that highlighted key areas of conflict and controversy,
  • 3,125 public comments were received.

Key Actions in the Blueprint:

Source: Mountain Accord Blueprint, February 2015


Land and water protections safeguard the natural resources that sustain life

  • Preserve land, protect watersheds and water resources
  • Consistent and ongoing monitoring of environmental health
  • Protect & restore the environment


Sustainable transit choices connect people, communities and mountain destinations

  • Expand transit service to mountain destinations
  • Improve transit connections between the Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch Back
  • Improve transit connections in Park City
  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian access and safety


Preserving open space and improving access promotes outdoor lifestyles for current and future generations

  • Improve & connect regional trail network
  • Preserve key backcountry terrain
  • Improve transit service to recreation areas


Smart transit-oriented development enhances economic opportunity and quality of life

  • Encourage development patterns that preserve community character and quality of life
  • Generate sustainable economic growth to reinvest in the Central Wasatch Mountains
  • Ensure Utah’s tourism market is competitive now and into the future

Special Attention for the Cottonwoods

The Recreation and the Environment Idealized Systems identified as priorities land exchanges with the ski areas and an additional federal designation on United States Forest Service (USFS) lands. To address this and to achieve resolution on outstanding land issues in the upper Cottonwood canyons, the Executive Board in November 2014 convened task forces consisting of ski areas, local and federal government, and advocacy groups that had traditionally been in conflict with each other. The task forces recommended:

  • Land exchange. The ski areas would put into public ownership over 2,000 acres of land they own outside of their resort boundaries for the purpose of recreation (backcountry skiing, hiking), and watershed preservation and to protect iconic ridgelines. In exchange, the resorts would receive land at their established base areas.
  • National Conservation and Recreation Area. Federal designation to permanently protect over 80,000 acres of USFS lands from development and environmental degradation.

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