Utah County: Mountain Accord’s Official Position
We have respected Utah County’s wishes and have updated the Accord to indicate that the American Fork Canyon proposal is out of our hands. We support Utah County and their intent to continue the public discussion and negotiations. We do not intend to take further action on American Fork Canyon issues.
The Mountain Accord Executive Board has no authority in future federal environmental processes, which must be followed for any land exchange involving federal land ownership. Furthermore, the signers of the Accord recognize and defer to Utah County to conduct additional public engagement and negotiations on this important issue.
The issue of any action on land in American Fork Canyon will be up to Utah County residents, their elected officials and the US Forest Service.
Accord 4.0 simply states that Snowbird has proposed a land exchange in American Fork Canyon. This is a matter of public record. The Accord does not endorse this action and very clearly states that there is no resolution in this matter.
The Accord supports the Cottonwood Canyon pieces of the land exchange, and defers to Utah County leaders on the American Fork aspects of the trade.
Snowbird has proposed to negotiate on the future of their lands in American Fork Canyon with key stakeholders in Utah County and American Fork Canyon users. They are awaiting further action from Utah County. The Mountain Accord Executive board has no authorities to execute the land exchange, and plainly states that it is their hands.
You’ll find additional information and the final version of Mountain Accord here.