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

King County Parks Levy

This August, King County voters will be asked to approve a levy renewal to fund County parks and trails. Funding from the King County Parks levy is essential to conserve critical natural lands and build and maintain spectacular parks such as Marymoor Park on the shores of Lake Sammamish, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, the biggest urban wildland park in the country with remnants of coal mining days, scenic Tolt MacDonald Park on the Snoqualmie River, and so many more. Levy funding will also build and connect regional trails including important connections that will transform the Eastside Rail Corridor for active transportation from Renton to Woodinville. The King County Parks levy is a high return investment in our communities to ensure that our parks are cared for and that the outdoors are accessible for everyone. Learn more.

 

Washington State Priorities

2019-2021 Agency Budget Requests

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 and recreational facilities that we all enjoy. Every two years, Washington legislators set state budget, and we have the opportunity to share stories with our senators and representatives about the importance of conservation and recreation access for all. We also support grant programs including the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program and No Child Left Inside, which support conservation, recreation and outdoor education across the state. Greenway Trust 2019 State Legislative Priorities

Federal Priorities

John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act

On March 12, 2019, the President signed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a monumental bipartisan effort from both the Senate and the House of Representatives. A hallmark of the Act was permanent reauthorization of the Land & Water Conservation Fund, an important funding source that has conserved more than 80,000 acres in the Greenway and contributed to many recreation access projects. The Act also designated the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area and provided support to the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Phase III Act, which authorizes an integrative and collaborative approach to addressing water challenges in the Yakima Valley. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, a champion for Greenway NHA designation, was instrumental in negotiating the Act, the largest conservation legislation in many years.