Draft Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Management Plan Now Open for Public Comment

The Greenway Trust invites comments on the draft document, which is the product of two years of collaborative planning.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area (Greenway NHA) is a unique geographic corridor of connected ecosystems and communities spanning 1.5 million acres from Seattle to Ellensburg along Interstate-90.

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The diverse and spectacular landscape has shaped the history of the region and is intimately linked to its culture and character. NHAs are congressional designated places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally significant landscapes.

As Greenway’s NHL Coordinating Entity, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is pleased to share a draft management plan for public review and comment from May 20 to June 20, 2022.

The NHL Greenway Management Plan outlines a framework of themes that convey the rich history and heritage of NHL Greenway. It recommends partnerships, strategies and priorities for historic preservation, natural resource conservation, responsible recreation, heritage tourism and interpretive projects and activities.

Over the past two years, the plan has been created with input from hundreds of contributors, including historical societies, conservation and recreation groups, government agencies, tribal governments, local businesses and community members. interested community across the Greenway NHL.

How the public can get involved:

Members of the public can visit mtsgreenway.org/comment, where there are three opportunities to provide feedback on the draft management plan:

  1. Read the executive summary and take a short survey inviting your feedback on key elements of the plan. Estimated time: 15-20 minutes.
  2. Attend a virtual open house on June 14 or 17, where Greenway Trust staff will walk through the plan, answer questions and solicit your feedback. Please pre-register at mtsgreenway.org/comment. Estimated time: 90 minutes.
  3. Review the full document and submit your feedback via survey or email. Estimated time: 2-3 hours to read the entire document, but you can also read and comment on the individual chapters/sections.

“However you choose to get involved, we greatly appreciate your time and input,” said Jon Hoekstra, executive director of the Greenway Trust. “We are trying to reach as many people as possible through this planning process and we look forward to building new relationships with partners who have not historically been focused on these narratives.”

The survey and draft plan will be open for public comment from May 20 to June 20, 2022. After that, the Greenway NHA planning team will review all input and create a final version of the management plan for submission to the National Park Service for approval by the Home Secretary.

Learn more and share your comments: mtsgreenway.org/comment.

ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS TO SON GREENWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE REGION

The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area is a unique geographic corridor of connected ecosystems and communities spanning 1.5 million acres from Seattle to Ellensburg along the I-90 corridor.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is a coalition-based organization that leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance this unique landscape, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.

Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to conserve and restore natural lands, open spaces and historic sites; build and maintain recreational trails; engage with students through our environmental education program; defend public lands and access to recreation; running a strong volunteer program; and more.

Learn more at mtsgreenway.org.

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