Mountains to Sound Greenway bill offered in Congress
Bipartisan legislation was introduced on Thursday in Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area, according to a news release from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.
The act would designate a stretch of scenic landscape from Ellensburg to Seattle as a National Heritage Area. A National Heritage Area is a large, lived-in area designated by the U.S. Congress where historical, natural, recreational and cultural resources combine to form a landscape worthy of national distinction.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway encompasses 1.5 million acres of public and private land from Central Washington to Seattle. The designation would promote local economic growth from tourism and outdoor recreation.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust said public support and encouragement will help move the legislation through Congress. For more information, go to GreenwayHeritage.org
Legislation to create the Greenway National Heritage Area was originally introduced last Congress, but did not receive a final vote from Congress before the end of the year, according to the release.