After eight years of tireless advocacy, the Mountains to Sound Greenway has become our nation’s newest National Heritage Area.
You are volunteering with the Greenway, and you just planted your first Douglas Fir tree. It’s only about 2 feet tall. You can’t help but admire its plume-like branches, vibrant green needles, and rich woody smell. It’s so small that you can’t even imagine how it could become one of the huge evergreen trees you
We’ve crossed the biggest hurdle yet – our quest for designating the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area (NHA) has cleared both chambers of Congress! Today, the House of Representatives decisively passed the Natural Resources Management Act that earlier passed the Senate. As in the Senate, the vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan –
After months of wondering will-they won’t-they, the US Senate overwhelmingly passed the major public lands package with a bipartisan vote of 92-8! The lands bill includes the permanent reauthorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and designation of the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area (NHA), along with more than 100
Not long after establishing our first full-time staffperson on the east side of the Greenway, we realized something: if we were going to be able to help Yakima Basin partners with trail work, tree planting efforts, or volunteer projects, we needed a local supply of tools. A couple trips over Snoqualmie Pass with truckbeds full
What do salmon and insects have in common? Aside from the fact that insects are a common food source for young salmon, both salmon and insects love dead, soggy wood. Freshwater insects rely on wood as their primary food source, and salmon use it for much-needed rest as they make the arduous journey to their
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT) offers the opportunity to get out and explore one of the most beautiful agricultural valleys in the region. Thanks to Si View Metro Parks, access to the trail from neighboring communities will see new connections to and from King County’s longest regional trail . The soft surface trail runs through the
We had many reasons to be optimistic that the Mountains to Sound Greenway would finally be designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area. Unfortunately, amid a whirlwind of legislative activity in Washington, D.C., we ultimately fell just short. While we feel disappointed in the moment, we remain encouraged and thankful for the strong bipartisan
Greenway Trust volunteers improved salmon habitat, built trail, maintained tread, and fostered community together this year. From Discovery Park, through the Middle Fork Valley, to Thorp Mountain and beyond, you have left a positive impact. Thank you. Your dedication inspires our vision, and your work allows our mission to be turned into action. Thank you for volunteering this year!
The fruits of our partnership and cooperation are all around us in the Greenway. The network of parks and green spaces within and around our cities; The working farms and forests that cradle our small towns; The ever-improving regional trail network that enables us to travel from home to school or work and even into