Support Mountains to Sound Greenway National Historic Area
Conservation Northwest / May 28, 2015 / Work Updates
By Chase Gunnell, Deputy Communications Director
Washington’s Mountains to Sound Greenway is home to stunning wilderness, working farms and forests, extensive outdoor recreation, and prime wildlife habitat on the doorstep of the 15th largest metropolitan area in the nation. It’s time to make this important place a National Historic Area.
Please add your name to the petition led by our friends at Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and supported by Conservation Northwest and dozens of other civic, business, community and conservation leaders.
1.5 million acres, 900,000 acres of public land, 1.4 million people, 28 cities, 1,600 miles of trails – this is the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
A National Heritage Area designation provides the national recognition and resources needed to increase the visibility of the Greenway and conserve this special landscape for future generations.
Legislation to designate the Greenway as a National Heritage area is well positioned in this new Congress, and we look forward to reintroduction soon. The amazing progress over the last few years is due to the hard work of our legislative champions Congressman Dave Reichert and Senator Maria Cantwell.
Cities and businesses in the Greenway benefit from having world-class recreation on the doorstep of our urban areas. The quality of life that the Greenway offers helps to attract tourism and top employers that have kept our region’s economy strong. The National Heritage Area designation will mark the Greenway’s place on the map and recognize it as a special place in the state and in the nation.
A National Heritage Area designation provides a non-regulatory approach to conservation and will not affect private property, water, hunting, or fishing rights. Read more about what this designation Will and Will Not Do.