Yes Greenway National Heritage Area

Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area

Greenway bill completes Senate Hearing
WASLA has been working with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to advocate for legislation to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. The Mountains to Sound organization and WASLA are working with the members of our congressional delegation to pass Greenway legislation by the end of this Congress in December.

Bipartisan legislation to establish the Greenway National Heritage Area was introduced in 2015.  Senate bill 1690 was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and House bill 2900 was introduced by Congressmen Dave Reichert and Adam Smith, with support from Suzan DelBene and Jim McDermott. Learn more about the reintroduction.

In addition to support in Congress, designation has been endorsed by over 6,500 businesses, governments, non-profits and individuals, including Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, the Kittitas County Commissioners, Microsoft, Expedia, REI, the Trust for Public Land, WASLA and the Mountaineers.

Making it official
Twenty years of conservation efforts created the Mountains to Sound Greenway with stunning wilderness, working farms and forests, extensive outdoor recreation, and prime wildlife habitat on the doorstep of the 15th largest metropolitan area in the nation.

From Seattle’s working waterfront on the shores of Puget Sound to the historic railroad hub of Ellensburg, home to over a million people, with thousands of acres of public land connected by hundreds of miles of trails – this is the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

Now it’s time to conserve it for future generations. A National Heritage Area designation provides the recognition and resources needed to increase the visibility of the Greenway and conserve the landscape for future generations.

Designation matters
Cities and businesses in the Greenway benefit from having world-class recreation on the doorstep of our urban areas. The quality of life that the Greenway offers helps to attract tourism and top employers that have kept our region’s economy strong. The National Heritage Area designation will mark the Greenway's place on the map and recognize it as a special place in the state and in the nation.

A National Heritage Area designation provides a non-regulatory approach to conservation and will not affect private property, water, hunting, or fishing rights. Read more about what this designation Will and Will Not Do.

Please watch for a take action on any upcoming advocacy alerts from ASLA.


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