The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Executive Committee is currently inviting letters of interest from individuals for voluntary service on the NHA Advisory Committee.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway spans over 1.5 million acres of connected natural lands and vibrant urban areas surrounding Interstate 90 between Seattle and Ellensburg, Washington. For nearly 30 years, the Greenway Trust has been leading coalitions and inspiring action to conserve and enhance this landscape, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. [See Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.]
On March 12, 2019, the Mountains to Sound Greenway was designated by the United States Congress as a National Heritage Area (NHA). The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust was named the local coordinating entity for the new NHA. The NHA designation affirms the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a landscape of national significance and charges the Greenway Trust to develop and receive approval from the National Park Service for a Cooperative Management Plan. The plan will contain:
- An inventory of resources related to the themes, and strategies for preserving those resources;
- An interpretive plan that includes Tribal heritage; and
- Strategies for promoting and supporting collaborative partnerships to implement those plans.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Advisory Committee (NHA Advisory Committee) will provide input and make recommendations to the Greenway Trust about the Cooperative Management Plan and help to ensure public engagement in the plan development. The expected term of this committee is through approximately March 2022 when the Cooperative Management Plan is to be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior. The Committee is expected to meet monthly, and to vary meeting locations across the Greenway to encourage familiarization and public engagement.
Serving on the NHA Advisory Committee is an excellent opportunity for members to learn about the rich history and natural heritage of the Mountains to Sound Greenway and to expand their personal and professional network. Committee members will contribute directly to a management plan intended to promote collaborative conservation of natural resources in the region, and to preserve and share cultural heritage within the Greenway. The Greenway Trust seeks committee members who:
- Are interested in taking part in the management planning process
- Can think broadly and work collaboratively and constructively
- Are able to commit to the full committee term
- Have experience in one or more of the following; historic preservation, planning, tourism, marketing, and cultural and natural resources
Click here to review the Mountains to Sound Greenway NHA Advisory Committee Charter.