Mountains to Sound Greenway Awards

Each year at our Annual Dinner, we celebrate individuals and organizations who have made a great impact within the Mountains to Sound Greenway and embody our values. You can read more about the awards and recipients below, and click here to view the achievements celebrated in our 2020 Parade of Accomplishments.

Greenway Hall of Fame

The Greenway Hall of Fame honors those whose contributions have left a permanent and positive legacy on the Mountains to Sound Greenway, and who inspire all of us to do our own part to care for this amazing place.

2020 Recipient: Charlie Raines

In honor and recognition of a lifetime of achievements in land conservation, ensuring the magnificent forestlands of the central Cascades are preserved for future generations; for his leadership in pursuing the most important parcels for conservation and value to the public; in appreciation for his ability to act as mentor, teacher, and writer; for his capacity to wear more hats than humanly possible, including, but not limited to, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Forterra, the Sierra Club, the Cascade Checkerboard Project, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, and the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition; and in gratitude for his tireless devotion to protecting our natural environment.

Past Recipients:

Jennifer Belcher
Charles Bingham
The Boeing Company
Brian Boyle
Bill Chapman
Priscilla Collins
Jim Ellis
Peter Goldmark
Slade Gorton
Sally Jewell
Ken Konigsmark
Terry Lavender
Harvey Manning
Doug & Kristi McClelland
Osberg Family
Cleve Pinnix
Martin Rosen
Ron Sims

Jim Ellis Spirit Awards

The Jim Ellis Spirit Award honors the example that he set from the very beginning of the Greenway, recognizing individuals who embody the Greenway values of collaboration, inclusion, trustworthiness, positivity, and pragmatism.  These values guided Jim’s life of service and they infuse every aspect of our work. 

2020 Recipient: Taldi Harrison

In recognition of her leadership in launching the Recreate Responsibly Coalition at a time of great uncertainty and great community need, which began locally and took off across the country; for her tireless advocacy to provide outdoor adventures for all; and for her excellence in building constituencies and driving collaborative action on behalf of public lands and outdoor recreation.  

2020 Recipient: Andrea Imler

In recognition of her leadership in launching the Recreate Responsibly Coalition at a time of great uncertainty and great community need, which began locally and took off across the country; for her steadfast dedication to helping people access public lands; for always sharing her wisdom and experience for the greatest positive impact; and for her tireless advocacy as the voice for Washington’s trails. 

2020 Recipient: Paul Schmitt

In recognition of his steadfast commitment to solving issues of access in Kittitas County, from his 40 years of family medical practice in underserved Upper County Communities, to his 20+ years organizing the Runner Stumbles run, his work as a founding member of the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee, and his personal investments of time, funds, and energy into making local trail access a reality. 

Past Recipients:

Aleta Eng
Nikki Fields
Kelly Heintz
Craig Mabie
Matt Mechler
Scott Nicolai
Dave Peterson
Sasha Shaw
Brian White