Over 1,000 signatures gathered for National Heritage Area Designation
SEATTLE – The campaign to have the U.S. Congress designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area reached a significant milestone last week with over 1,000 people signing the petition.
This 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 our nation’s heritage.
“National Heritage Area designation will build on existing partnerships and forge new ones by providing a forum for addressing the shared challenges of maintaining the Greenway legacy,” said the City of Carnation in a recent support letter.
Insiders say there is strong bipartisan support for this designation, from the Kittitas County Commissioners and King County Council, to Governor 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 saying: “a Designation of National Heritage Area would provide national recognition and support of [the Greenway’s] efforts and offer land management agencies and local citizens an improved framework for coordinating future land management and public use across the Greenway landscape.”
Executive Director Cynthia Welti said “We are thrilled to see such a broad representation of people who live, work, and play in the Greenway supporting this important legislation.”