Since June, the Central Wasatch Commission has been working to reconcile various issues with the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act. This federal legislation will protect 80,000 acres of public land in the Wasatch, establishing new Wilderness designation areas, working to finalize an alignment for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, facilitating land exchanges with participating ski areas, and preventing resort expansion outside existing master development boundaries.
The latest revision on this bill is now live and available for public comments in hopes of addressing stakeholder concerns through consensus building. This is your chance to get your voice heard about the plan!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Attend the Central Wasatch Commission Public Open House on Monday, November 5, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at 2277 Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121. Find information and an agenda here. Speak up to support the current draft of the legislation and the amendments that have been made in this draft, which reflect public opinion that protecting water quality and year-round access to both ski resorts and backcountry are paramount in the Wasatch.
- Submit a public comment to the Central Wasatch Commission on the current legislation draft here to express your support of the current draft and overall support of expanding protections for the Wasatch Mountains via the Central Wasatch Conservation and Recreation Area Act (NCRA).
The Current Draft (10/26/18)
In its most current form, the CWNCRA is a locally driven, consensus-based bill aimed at protecting the sources of our drinking water, preserving recreational opportunities for the future, and ensuring enjoyment of the Central Wasatch Mountains in the face of pressures from a growing population. Read a copy of the 10/26/18 draft here, or check out the summary of changes and proposal map.
The major issues are focused primarily around dealing with Alta Ski Area’s obstruction and decision to not protect Grizzly Gulch. This version of the bill removes Alta Ski Area from the NCRA designation and their ability to be a partner in value-for-value land exchanges. In recent weeks, Alta has attempted to consolidate disparate land holdings from within their ski area boundary to aid in their desired expansion into Grizzly Gulch. Land conservationists oppose this move without the concession of significant protections in exchange for the consolidation.