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Waste Management donates funds for Middle Fork Snoqualmie projects

By Staff
Snoqualmie Star

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust announced in a Sept. 6 press release that it has received a $150,000 gift from Waste Management.

The funds will support critical access improvement projects in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley over the next few years.

The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley, a once-tarnished area plagued by illegal dumping and unsafe conditions, leads into the Cascades and Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

In the past two decades, volunteers have worked tirelessly to transform the former dumping ground into a recreational paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, complete with improved wildlife habitat, ecological preservation and resource management, according to the press release.

“We are so excited that Waste Management approached us right at the time when we were seeking funding for work in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley,” Cynthia Welti, executive director for the trust, said in the press release. “Their support will make a tremendous difference in improving public access to this beautiful place in the Greenway.”

The Greenway Trust is working with a coalition of partners, including the U.S. Forest Service, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and King County to provide improved recreational amenities in the Valley, such as trails and picnic areas. Waste Management’s support will assist in the planning and implementation of these recreational improvements, according to the press release.

“Waste Management is thrilled to be making a big, bold, strategic investment in the Mountains to Sound Greenway,” Mary Evans, director of Public Sector Services for Waste Management, said in the press release. “We are committed to creating sustainable communities and we see fully connected communities as being in harmony with nature.”

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