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

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U.S. Senate has passed S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act, which will allocate full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as provide funding for maintenance in national parks and forests. 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.

 

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. (In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and guided by direction from Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Metro and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) are postponing the 2020 Trailhead Direct season until further notice.)