Reichert testifies for Mountains to Sound program
U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert, representing Washington’s 8th Congressional District, testified before the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on July 29, about the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act.
The act would designate a stretch of scenic landscape from Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.
National Heritage Areas, designated by Congress, are large lived-in areas where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a landscape of national distinction. The designation encourages governments and residents to plan and implement projects to preserve landscape without affecting private property rights.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway includes about 1.5 million acres of forests, wilderness and mountains that stretches along Interstate 90 from Central Washington to Puget Sound. An estimated 1.4 million residents live around the greenway.
The greenway includes three watersheds: the Snoqualmie River basin, the Yakima River basin and the Cedar-Lake Washington basin.
“The Mountains to Sound Greenway is already a cultural and historical icon in Washington state,” Reichert said. “Passage of this legislation would recognize that fact and help the communities around it thrive economically. It would also offer further tourism and recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of people from not just the state, but around the nation and the world.”
Republican incumbent Dave Reichert is serving his fifth term as U.S. Representative. Reichert joined the King County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 and became the first elected sheriff in 30 years in 1997. He is on the House Ways and Means Committee, and is on the Trade and Human Resources subcommittees. He is the chairman of the Human Resources subcommittee.