Protect Mountains to Sound Greenway, Contact Your Legislators Today
Decision makers need to hear from local voices that protecting the Greenway is a priority.
Senator Maria Cantwell and Congressman Dave Reichert have re-introduced legislation to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area, but we need to secure a hearing this spring for the designation to move forward. This bill was also introduced last year and more than 3,000 Washingtonians signed a petition to support the bill.
We need your support again. Senator Cantwell and Representative Reichert need to hear from local voices that protecting the Greenway is a priority. Please send them an email asking for a hearing for the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
What is the Mountains to Sound Greenway?
Stretching from Puget Sound to Ellensburg, the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a 1.5 million-acre landscape with more than 1,600 miles of trail that has sustained generations through an abundance of natural and recreational resources.
Alpine peaks, wilderness lakes, working farms and lush forests within the Greenway are connected by roads and trails, offering local residents and visitors a place to live, work and play in communities deeply rooted to the land around them.
National heritage area designation
A national heritage area is a large, lived-in area designated by Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a landscape of national distinction. This designation provides a flexible strategy to encourage residents, government agencies, nonprofit groups and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement projects to preserve a landscape, without affecting private property rights. Official recognition of the Greenway would:
- Create a framework for communicating the national significance of the Greenway.
- Build public awareness, recognition and involvement in stewardship of the Greenway.
- Empower citizens, businesses, interest groups and government to work together more efficiently.
- Provide a legal structure to enable governments to work together across jurisdictions.
- Name the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as the local coordinating entity.