October 14, 2020

Wasatch Hangout on Zoom; CWC Mountain Transportation System

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We throw out the term “protecting public land” a lot, but when was the last time we stepped back and thought about what it means? Does it mean free access to recreate? Does it mean a place for the plants and animals to thrive? Does it mean leaving a legacy the next generation can be proud of? And when we talk about the concept of protecting our public lands, it’s important to discuss how we access them. Are you able to get into your private car in July and drive to an infinitely expanding parking lot within the mountains? Or is your access to the public lands limited because of the transportation system provided?

We are asking before you submit a comment to the CWC on their Mountain Transportation System alternatives that you join us on Thursday, October 15th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm for a Wasatch Hangout on Zoom hosted by SOC and in partnership with Utah Chapter of Sierra Club, Friends of Alta, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance and Save Not Pave. The topic of discussion will be the CWC Mountain Transportation System.

Please fill out the RSVP form to get access to the event on Thursday. The Zoom link/meeting details are on the confirmation page. Screenshot it for your records. We will also be sending the direct zoom link the day of the event on Thursday, October 15th! 


Right now, in the Central Wasatch, during the months of April to November, you cannot access the Wasatch without a private vehicle because residents throughout the valley do not have access to a year-round public transportation system. If you feel like we have been having the same “transportation solution” discuss on repeat, it’s because we have!

It can sometimes feel like you're spinning your wheels and time to throw in the towel — but you can’t! Right now, on October 12th, we are at the pivoting point in this discussion. Will the transportation solution be: a gondola up LCC, gondola connecting the mighty 7,  a rail system, or a year-round public transportation system? More importantly than mode, and what continues to be ignored in the transportation discussion, is how will transportation drive land use changes in and around the Wasatch? This is perhaps, far and away the most significant impact. Further, why are they being pursued? Luring the Olympics? Facilitate resort expansion? Create new resorts around the Wasatch? Build SkiLink?

As a community passionate, dedicated, and tenacious — we need YOU to hold strong and unite with us around the shared idea of protecting the Wasatch Mountains. 

Please RSVP for the Wasatch Hangout on Thursday, October 15th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm regarding the CWC Mountain Transportation System.


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