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Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz recently unveiled her new, first-of-its-kind 10-year plan for landscape-scale “tree to Sea” restoration of salmon habitat in the Snohomish River watershed. The Snohomish Watershed is one of the primary producers of anadromous fish in the state. However, as many as 16 populations of salmonids are listed as endangered...

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Local nonprofits and volunteers are teaming up to make the trail safer and more sustainable for its nearly 300,000 annual visitors. Rattlesnake Ledge, owned and operated by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and one of the most popular hiking trails in the I-90 corridor, reopened in late March 2021 after being closed for nearly a...

Signed agreements between the USDA Forest Service and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust mark the beginning of the conservation legislation’s impact close to home.   In August 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) was officially signed into law, marking a historic investment in America’s public lands. The legislation permanently funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and inaugurated the National Parks and...

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Located in western Washington, West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) is about 20 miles east of the city of Seattle. The area is part of a chain of Cascade Mountain Range foothills known locally as the “Issaquah Alps,” which includes Tiger, Squak and Cougar Mountains. Effective on July 6, 2021, portions of...

As the weather warms in the lowlands, there is still danger in the mountains.  The Recreate Responsibly Coalition is spreading awareness of potentially dangerous conditions during the transition between winter and spring. As the weather warms, people headed to the mountains in search of outdoor adventures may be surprised to find wintry conditions. Depending...

We at the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust share the anger and sadness being expressed across the nation in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among the countless other tragedies and examples of racial violence against Black people in America. These murders and the persistent and pervasive institutional...

Passengers boarded Trailhead Direct for more than 17,500 hikes in the second season of the two-year pilot project co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks, a 75 percent increase from last year. The transit-to-trails service added a fourth route this season starting at the Tukwila International Boulevard Station, serving some of the nation’s most...