Support Public Lands

From Ellensburg to Seattle, the Greenway encompasses spectacular public lands, productive working farms and forests, endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and vibrant communities with strong economies. Through advocating local, state and federal action, we can preserve this natural legacy for future generations. But we can’t do it alone. The Greenway Trust collaborates with public land management agencies, conservation groups, citizen volunteers and businesses to advocate for the health and accessibility of our parks, forests, and waterways. Our public lands require adequate funding to manage these special places in order to connect natural lands, restore critical ecosystems, and maintain existing trails and facilities.

“Continuing to protect our most scenic and historic landscapes, like the Mountains to Sound Greenway, will help boost tourism and preserve our natural landscape for future generations”

Senator Maria Cantwell

Legislative Priorities

County Priorities

Trailhead Direct

Traveling to your favorite Greenway trails can sometimes be a challenge, whether you do not have access to a vehicle, have trouble finding parking at the trailhead, or wish to reduce your personal carbon footprint. Again this spring, there will be another mode of getting to and from the trails called Trailhead Direct. This transit-to-trails shuttle service is an affordable, equitable, environmentally friendly transportation option to get you to numerous recreation destinations, including Cougar Mountain, the Issaquah Alps, Mailbox Peak, Mount Si, Little Si and Teneriffe Falls. Trailhead Direct was first launched in August 2017 as a pilot project sponsored by King County Metro and King County Parks with the mission to connect more people to the region’s great outdoors while additionally reducing dangerous vehicle congestion at trailheads. How can you support this service? By catching a lift on your next backcountry outing! Stay tuned for details about 2020!

 

Washington State Priorities

2020 Supplemental Budget

Many treasured places in the Greenway are managed by state agencies including the Department of Natural Resources and Washington State Parks. It is essential that land management agencies receive adequate funding in order to maintain wildlife habitat, forests, parks and recreational facilities that we all enjoy. This year, Washington legislators worked on a supplemental budget, an opportunity to bring in more funding to land management agencies that was not allocated the previous year. Here are some wins:

  • No Child Left inside was funded to provide grants to under-served students across Washington with quality opportunities to experience and learn about the natural world.
  • Washington State Parks received maintenance and operations funding to help reduce the maintenance backlog and steward our world-class state parks.
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife received full funding for core services of wildlife habitat protection and restoration.

 

Federal Priorities

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Senate has introduced S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act, that proposes full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This program is funded from offshore oil revenues at no cost to taxpayers and has been used to conserve America’s great outdoor spaces, parks, and playgrounds. In March 2019, the Land and Water Conservation Fund was permanently reauthorized in the major public lands package. However, that legislation did not allocate funding. Now is the time for Congress to ensure funding for this critical conservation and recreation program that has protected many wonderful places in the Mountains to Sound Greenway and across the country. Learn more about the Land and Water Conservation Fund here.