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
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
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
The Towns to Teanaway planning turned into a big day of volunteer action. More than 300 REI executives and store managers turned out to build 2.3 miles of trail from the border of the Roslyn Urban Forest to the top of the Cle Elum Ridge.
The WA State Dept. of Natural Resources recently acquired the last 24 acres within an 80 acre acquisition of land in the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, the culmination of a 25-year effort to connect thousands of acres of public lands, enable trail connections, and protect wildlife habitat.
The map of Lake Sammamish State Park is getting a fresh update as a generous donation of land from Issaquah-based Lakeside Industries has increased the park’s size by five-acres.
Ready to dig, nearly 200 volunteers joined the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the City of Mercer Island for the Annual Tree Planting Celebration at Luther Burbank Park.
Aspiring local students rolled up their sleeves this summer and learned how they can make a lifelong impact as the next generation of environmental leaders. For a special project, the interns collaborated with a local artist, Amanda Jorgensen, on a beautiful wall mural captured in this time lapse.
Our nation’s most important funding source for protecting parks and public lands is set to expire at the end of September unless Congress acts.