Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mountains to Sound Greenway Petition

The American Alpine Institute just received the following email from the Access Fund and the Outdoor Alliance. I've already personally signed:

Right now we have a unique opportunity to protect 1.5 million acres of land in the Mountains to Sound Greenway — but to make it happen, Congress needs to hear from people like you who love this region.

Extending from the Seattle waterfront to Ellensburg, the Greenway is an outdoor recreation paradise with 1,600 miles of trails, the stunning Cascade Crest, excellent whitewater runs, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, rock climbing routes and mountain biking.

And right now, there’s an opportunity to have the Greenway designated as a National Heritage Area by introducing a bill in the next month, which would protect this phenomenal landscape and enhance our ability to climb there.

Because there's power in numbers, we’re partnering with other outdoor recreation groups in Washington to encourage people who love the outdoors to sign this petition.

As a climber who lives in this region, your voice is incredibly powerful with our decision-makers in Washington, DC. Will you sign our petition calling on Congress to pass a bill designating the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area?
Our goal is to gather 1,000 petition signatures from the human-powered recreation community by May 15. Please sign the petition today.

Last Congress, a bill to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area was introduced, but it never made it to a vote before the full Congress.
Please take one minute to sign the petition right now.


Joe Sambataro

Northwest Regional Director, Access Fund
Board Member, Washington Climbers Coalition

P.S. It took 20 years of collaboration and conservation work to create the Mountains to Sound Greenway with stunning wilderness, working farms and forests, prime wildlife habitat and world-class outdoor recreation. Right now, we can protect it and enhance the outdoor experience for generations to come. Add your name to the petition to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area today.

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