Greenway Seeks National Heritage Area Status
Esmerelda Basin is just one of the many wonderful trails that fall within the Greenway. Photo by explorerdogs.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a bipartisan campaign to have the U.S. Congress designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a national heritage area.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway
Stretching from Puget Sound to Ellensburg, the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a 1.5 million-acre landscape that has sustained generations through an abundance of natural and recreational resources.
Alpine peaks, wilderness lakes, working farms and lush forests are connected by roads, rails 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.
WTA supports the Greenway
Washington Trails Association recognizes the value and importance of the Greenway as one of the state's leading outdoor recreation areas, and as a gateway to discovering the wonders of wilderness.
We have joined with more than 65 nonprofit and business organizations who recognize and support national heritage area status.
How to take action
You can join in the effort by contacting U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert, Adam Smith, Suzan DelBene, Jim McDermott and Doc Hastings. Ask them to pass H.R. 1785. Ask Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to pass national heritage area legislation for the Greenway.
For more information, and how you can share your support for the Mountains to Sound Greenway national heritage area designation, visit greenwayheritage.org.