August 13, 2015
By OutdoorsNW Staff
Photo at right: View from Granite Mountain. Photo courtesy of Mountains to Sound Greenway
A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures (and counting) calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. The Greenway, is a 1.5 million-acre, 110-mile greenbelt along Interstate 90 connecting Seattle to Ellensburg in eastern Washington.
“Our members have spoken strongly in favor of designating the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area,” said Martinique Grigg, executive director of The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based outdoor education nonprofit. “This move would protect and enhance the incredible climbing, mountaineering and hiking in Seattle’s backyard.”
While no specific date has been scheduled, both Representative Dave Reichert (R) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D), are planning on reintroducing the Greenway National Heritage Area bill to both the House and the Senate as a joint introduction in the next few weeks.
To learn more about the Greenway, sign the petition, or to lend your help to the campaign, visit the Outdoor Alliance website: www.outdooralliance.org/mountains-to-sound