Bipartisan legislation was introduced today to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway (which includes the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project area) as a National Heritage Area. Senate legislation was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and House legislation was introduced by Congressmen Dave Reichert and Adam Smith.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway encompasses 1.5 million acres of public and private land from Seattle to Central Washington. The scenic beauty of the Greenway is the backdrop for the daily lives of millions of residents, while the landscape provides vital habitat for fish and wildlife in our Cascade mountains.
This legislation will promote local economic growth from tourism and outdoor recreation, so it attracts the support of business leaders and community members alike. As a non-regulatory framework, designation will not affect private property rights or mandate federal oversight of public land. It will help shine a light on efforts like the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project that are displaying innovative ways to connect ecological and social communities in our state.
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