The Mountain Accord was intended as an armistice between the collective stakeholders of the Central Wasatch, an opportunity to objectively analyze the potential, conflicts and capacities of the natural systems of the Wasatch between Salt Lake and Summit counties.
Mere moments after the first round of commenting has ended, the resorts have announced a plan without alignments, without underlying studies, with only the vaguest sense of necessity or utility ("Ski resort GMs line up to back ‘One Wasatch’, Tribune, March 19).
The message is clear: public be damned. These mountains belong to us.
The Central Wasatch is no stranger to overuse and abuse. The scars of previous eras are still visible: mine shafts, heaps, tailings, timber chutes. But they are slowly healing with careful oversight and protection. The forward-thinking actions of the Forest Service and the valley communities have restored the Central Wasatch to a source of clean water, a refuge for animals and humans, a crucial component of our economy, and a symbol for the state.
My message to the resorts of the Central Wasatch, their general managers, and executives is simple: Let the Mountain Accord take its course.
The "One Wasatch" statement threatens to poison the well before the pump is even primed.
Salt Lake City
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