The Central Wasatch National Conservation & Recreation Area

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Federal Designation

The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area will conserve a landscape depended upon by over 1,800 species of plants and animals. Leaving a legacy for future generations, both local and visitor alike, who see the Central Wasatch as a critical part of what it means to support public lands. Find out more about this exciting designation Mountain Accord!

The final Mountain Accord report was an unprecedented collaboration of public and private interests established to preserve the legacy of the Central Wasatch Mountains and to agree on an integrated, comprehensive, landscape-scale framework for current and future decision.

We are aiming to protect 80,000 acres of public land through the designation of the “Central Wasatch National Conservation & Recreation Area.” Once passed, this legislation will connect fragmented land with areas currently under federal protection, designate additional wilderness areas, and limit future development in the Wasatch, all while protecting our shared values of natural places.


  • …Conserve and protect the ecological, natural scenic, wildness, cultural, and historical geological, and wildlife values of the (Designation);

  • Protect, enhance, and restore the water quality and watershed resources in the (Designation) and

  • Facilitate a balance, year-round recreation system with a wide variety of opportunities for residents and visitors that preserves natural resources.

Management Prescriptions:

  • Conserve, protect, and enhance the resources of the Central Wasatch (Designation);

  • Ensure protection of water quality and watershed resources;

  • Ensure protection of environmentally sensitive areas, including evaluating these areas for special designation such as Albion Basin Botanical Area;

  • Not allow ski area permit boundary expansion beyond what is authorized on the date of enactment of this Act, as depicted on map;

  • Provide for adaptive management of resources and restoration of damages resources;

  • Promote public safety, including avalanche control; and facilitate year-round outdoor recreation.

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