The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act 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. The Central Wasatch Mountains are located between Salt Lake County and Summit County in Utah.
This bill preserves approximately 80,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land including critical watershed, scenic ridgelines, treasured landscapes and recreation areas while solidifying ski resorts boundaries. In this bill:
All existing recreational uses and permits will continue;
Natural resources and watersheds will be protected;
Existing Wilderness Area boundaries will be adjusted for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail alignment and for transportation improvements.
Approximately 8,000 acres of wilderness will be added;
The U.S. Forest Service will maintain ownership and management of the lands;
Land exchanges between the U.S. Forest Service and the four Cottonwood Canyons ski resorts are authorized;
Ski resort permit boundaries on U.S. Forest Service land will be fixed permanently after some adjustments through the existing permitting process;
New roads for automobiles will be prohibited on U.S. Forest Service land;
No restrictions will be placed on U.S. Forest Service management for fire suppression, vegetation maintenance, avalanche control or other emergency measures;
Private land within the area or adjacent to the area being designated will not be affected;
Future transportation improvements are anticipated. The legislation enables transportation improvements to meet growing demand.
I support protecting 80,000 acres of public land through the designation of a “Central Wasatch National Conservation & Recreation Area” as recommended by the Mountain Accord. Establishing a national conservation and recreation area in the Wasatch will expand the environmental protections and maintain recreational opportunities on our treasured public lands and benefit wildlife, water quality, and the quality of life for both residents and visitors.