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Support from Waste Management will fund valuable projects in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie

Access improvement projects slated to begin

Sep 06, 2012

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust announced today it has received a major gift of $150,000 from waste collection company, Waste Management. These funds will directly support critical access improvement projects in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley over the next few years.

The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley is a spectacular place less than an hour’s drive from Seattle in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. A once-tarnished area that was plagued by illegal dumping and unsafe conditions, this magnificent valley, which leads into the Cascades and the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is becoming a significant conservation story, thanks to the unflagging advocacy and hard work of many individuals and groups. Over the past two decades, volunteers have worked tirelessly to transform this former dumping ground into a recreational paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, complete with improved wildlife habitat, ecological preservation and resource management.

“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,” said Cynthia Welti, Executive Director for the Greenway Trust. “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 US 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.

Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive recycling and environmental services in the Pacific Northwest and North America. They provide innovative sustainability solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers, from curbside collection with green-certified trucks for clean air to waste reduction programs that turn food scraps into compost for healthy gardens.

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

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