The Final Accord

The Final Accord

The Final Accord


Arriving at Consensus

“The Mountain Accord is a model process for future decision making. We are making generational decisions here and coming forward with the Mountain Accord. We have a road map that represents our plans, hopes and vision for protecting the Wasatch, our water and the land that gives so much life in our region.”

— Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor

“Many times we argue over processes and procedures and who is in charge, as opposed to where we have agreement and that’s on the goals and outcomes, and this is an example of how we can come together and develop a process that comes together for the common good.”

— Gary Herbert, Utah Governor

After the Executive Board and program team reviewed extensive public input, the Program Director produced a draft Accord for Executive Board review. Several versions of the Accord were reviewed, negotiated, and published before the Executive Board adopted the final version in July 2013.

The Accord represents the culminating commitment of more than 20 organizations and many other stakeholders who, through a multi-year, public, consensus-based process, agree to proceed with a suite of actions designed to ensure that future generations can enjoy all the activities we enjoy today, while preserving our watershed and natural environment.

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The historic signing of the Accord on August 3, 2015 memorialized consensus from 22 Executive Board members, four Cottonwood ski areas, system group co-chairs, and over 100 individuals in person and online.

“Mountain Accord has been exceptional as a collaborative process.  Never easy, this process has also guaranteed its own success.”

— Ann Ober, Park City Municipal Corporation

The agreed-upon actions in the Accord include:

  • Federal land designation (National Conservation and Recreation Area) to protect over 80,000 acres of USFS land
  • Land exchanges among the four Cottonwood ski areas and the USFS
  • Transportation improvements for the Cottonwood Canyons focused on increasing transit use,
    biking, and walking and decreasing single-occupancy vehicle use
  • Public transportation improvements in Parleys Canyon to connect the Salt Lake Valley and the greater Park City area
  • Piloting private shuttle service in Millcreek Canyon
  • Environmental monitoring (dashboard), adaptive management, and restoration activities
  • Development and implementation of a comprehensive trail and cycling plan
  • Coordinated, comprehensive program to acquire lands with environment and recreation values from willing sellers
  • Study and consider options for multi-jurisdictional coordination and funding
  • Commitment to continue public engagement and transparency

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