Reichert Statement on Senate Mark Up of Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act, a companion piece of legislation to the House bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) which would help protect this historical, natural Washington State icon.
Upon its passage out of the Senate committee, Reichert said, “This is another critical step to ensure that the Mountains to Sound Greenway is preserved for future generations. This corridor of land is rich both in beauty and opportunity and a heritage designation will continue to help the surrounding communities to thrive as thousands of tourists and recreationalists visit the area every year, from Washington and the entire country. I will continue to work hard to pass the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act in the House and I thank Senator Cantwell for introducing this legislation in the Senate and for working alongside me.”
Twenty years of innovative conservation and collaborative solutions protect the natural heritage of the Greenway. This network of parks, forests, farms, and cities is part of a regional history and a legacy for future generations. The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area will be a fitting recognition of this regional identity in the Pacific Northwest, and serve as a model of sustainability and cooperative solutions for the nation.
National Heritage Area is a large, lived-in area designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a landscape of national distinction. This designation provides a flexible strategy to encourage residents, government agencies, nonprofit groups and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement projects to preserve a landscape, without affecting private property rights.