Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Programs
The Greenway Trust works with local cities on growth management planning to ensure that local communities are able to absorb population growth and support a vibrant economy while retaining their connection to the landscape and local history. The Trust also plans for and helps communities link a regional commuter trail system so that a walker or biker may travel on a safe, enjoyable, non-motorized route from Seattle across the Cascades and east across the state—and to many points in between.
The Greenway Trust uses the 100-mile Greenway as a living laboratory to teach an inquiry-based science curriculum to local schools, including some of the nation’s most diverse districts. After sessions both in the classroom and in the field, students work on a volunteer project to make a difference they can see on the ground, while also learning about the complex, real-world decisions that go into balancing thriving local communities with healthy forests and streams.
Volunteers, conservation corps members and technical experts build and maintain some of the region’s most popular trails, including Mt Si, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Twin Falls. Restoration crews remove invasives and plant thousands of trees each year to enhance wildlife habitat and the health of forests, streams and wetlands.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Greenway Trust has been instrumental in securing more than 200,000 acres of land for connected public ownership, keeping the forests and natural lands remaining where we live, work and play. By conserving and enhancing the landscape surrounding Interstate 90, we make sure we have places nearby for recreation and wildlife with a sustainable balance between people and nature.
While a majority of funding needs are met with site specific grants, the Greenway Trust is in need of general support funding to cover costs for volunteer recruitment, community education materials, publication production, outreach and research to determine how to preserve key land parcels, and technical support for city leaders throughout the Greenway as they seek to build sustainable communities to accommodate a growing population.