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Now, on our 25th anniversary, we are reflecting on where we have come from and where we are headed. In the latest President’s Report, we announce our new strategic plan that builds on our vision for a healthy, sustainable Greenway.

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Snoqualmie Valley restaurants teamed up in August with local farmers for the first annual Bounty Week, to highlight Valley-grown vegetables on their menus. The week was a resounding success and is the first of many new initiatives linking Valley residents and visitors with local farmers and local produce.

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When the road to popular Mt. Si trailheads became dangerously overcrowded, local neighbors, State DNR, and King County Roads teamed up to make the road and trailheads safe again. If proven successful, these collaborative solutions could be used at other overcrowded recreation sites throughout the region.

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Twenty years of experience have taught us a lot about invasives: they are stubborn, spread easily, and it takes a community to eradicate them. This year we’re tackling some of the remaining outposts of weeds along Issaquah Creek.

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This summer, the Greenway Trust teamed up with the Pacific Science Center to bring science to life with our new “Searching for Sasquatch” summer camp. We used the search for mystical creatures like Sasquatch to spark students' curiosity about the world around them.

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Farms are one of our region’s best classrooms. Two local Snoqualmie Valley schools are piloting a new on-the-ground educational program called ‘Farming the Future,’ where students spend one Friday a month at a local farm, engaged in hands-on science learning that incorporates local ecology and sustainable agriculture.

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In honor of local conservation hero and activist Harvey Manning, King County Parks just renamed the Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead on Cougar Mountain. The newly named Harvey Manning Trailhead commemorates Manning’s lifelong work to save the Issaquah Alps as a “wilderness on the metro,” and a place for people to escape to the woods nearby....

Today, the U.S. Senate held a committee hearing on a bill to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. This legislation would strengthen our region’s high quality of life and celebrate its heritage of spectacular forests, rivers, and mountains on the doorsteps of cities.

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A new pilot is being introduced at Rattlesnake Lake to address the parking shortage: transit access. Now residents and visitors alike can relax by the lake, hike to the ledges, and visit the Cedar River Watershed Ed Center without having to worry about parking.