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Mountains to Sound Greenway could become National Heritage Area

By Staff
Mercer Island Reporter
Bipartisan legislation was introduced June 26 to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.

 

Bipartisan legislation was introduced June 26 to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. Senate legislation was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and House legislation was introduced by Congressmen Dave Reichert and Adam Smith.

“This region is unique in many ways to the rest of the nation, with our spectacular outdoors, world-class recreation, vibrant economy, and deep heritage of placing great value on our healthy relationship with the vast natural landscapes on the doorsteps of our cities,” said Greenway Trust Board President Kurt Fraese. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of Senator Cantwell and Congressman Reichert, who are strong champions in caring for this unique heritage and pushing for the creation of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area.”

Greenway designation has strong, bipartisan support in Congress and has been endorsed by over 5,000 businesses, governments, nonprofits and individuals. Supporters include Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft, and REI, among many more.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway encompasses 1.5 million acres of public and private land from Seattle to Central Washington. The scenic beauty of the Greenway is the backdrop for the daily lives of millions of residents. Alpine peaks, wilderness lakes, expansive forests connect by road, rail and trail to rural communities and downtown high rises.

This legislation will promote local economic growth from tourism and outdoor recreation, so it attracts the support of business leaders and community members alike. Legislation to create the Greenway National Heritage Area was originally introduced last Congress.  With the efforts of Senator Cantwell and Congressman Reichert, the legislation passed out of committees in both chambers, but did not receive a final vote from Congress before the end of the year.

Reintroduction also comes on the heels of another recent success: in May, more than 3,000 local hikers, bikers, climbers, and kayakers voiced their support for Greenway National Heritage Area designation, thanks to the Outdoor Alliance.

Learn more at www.GreenwayHeritage.org

 

Have your say:

To move this legislation through Congress, it is important that they hear from local residents about how much they value this region and its high quality of life.

Sign the petition or send a support letter at GreenwayHeritage.org.

Or voice support online with #YesGreenwayNHA.

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