Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow was a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the public to help guide the policies which will form the basis of a revision of the 1989 Salt Lake County Wasatch Canyons Master Plan for City Creek, Emigration, Red Butte, Parley's, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood, and Little Cottonwood Canyons. The Master Plan is the basis for the County's land use planning policies and ordinances.
Process: The Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow process engaged the public in setting priorities and identifying long-term strategies to enhance the value of the canyons for current residents and future generations. Among other things, the process explored the impacts of increased canyon use and address issues such as land use and development, watershed protection and water quality, recreation, natural resource management, transportation, and public safety.The process was sponsored by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, and Salt Lake City. The U.S. Forest Service was a supportive partner, supplying technical expertise.
The results of Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow will inform, but not supersede existing plans in the study area, such as the Wasatch-Cache National Forest Plan or Salt Lake City's Watershed Management Plan. The public participated in this process through workshops, open houses, and on-line surveys.
Report: The Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow report provides a menu of recommendations for projects, best management practices, and policies to be considered as we confront current and anticipated challenges in the management of the Wasatch Canyons. We also recognize that consideration of many of these recommendations will need future study and evaluation to determine their feasibility, environmental impact, compliance with federal, state and local laws, and compliance with existing management plans.