Mountain to Sound Greenway designation gains speed
The campaign to have the U.S. Congress designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area reached a milestone in late January with over 1,000 people signing a petition for the designation.
The group has spend 20 years working to protect wilderness, working farms and forests, extensive outdoor recreation and prime wildlife habitat, all on the doorstep of the 15th largest metropolitan area in the nation.
The legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Dave Reichert in 2013, and the Greenway Trust is actively working with Sen. Maria Cantwell’s staff to have a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. The national designation will provide the recognition and resources needed to increase the visibility of the Greenway and conserve the landscape for future generations.
National Heritage Areas are places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to tell an important story of the nation’s heritage.
There is strong bipartisan support for this designation, from the Kittitas County Commissioners and King County Council, to Gov. Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.
The Rural Majority, a coalition focused on protecting rural lands and lifestyles in King County, recently signed on.