Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area

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An environmental summary by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.

Managed by the Greenway Trust, the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area (MSGNHA) spans from Seattle, to Ellensburg, Washington. The National Heritage Area encompasses three iconic habitat types to Washingtonians, the Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and the shrub-steppe of Central Washington[1].


The MSGNHA was designated as a National Heritage Area (NHA) on March 12, 2019, after 8 years of tireless advocacy. The area encompasses 1.5 million acres surrounding the interstate 90 corridor. Before becoming a NHA, the region was designated a National Scenic Byway, in 1998[2].


The Mountains to Sound Greenway NHA aims to protect the unique landscape from Seattle to Ellensburg, Washington, through coalition-based organization. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust promotes the conservation and enhancement of the region, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature[1].


  • The Greenway Trek
    • a nine-day trek from Ellensburg, WA, to Seattle during the summer[1].
  • Greenway Trips
    • Scheduled trips throughout the summer that blend outdoor trips and on-the-ground education about the Greenway, while hiking, biking, or floating alongside other Greenway residents and passionate supporters[1].


The MSGNHA is a Member of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas a membership organization of congressionally designated National Heritage Areas[3]. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust partners with many organizations in the region. Each partnership targets one of the many goals of the NHA. The most notable partnerships are with the National Park Service, GeoEngineers, Green Trails Maps, K&L Gates, The Nature Conservancy, Perkins Coie LLP, Symetra, and The Trust for Public Land [1].


External link to Mountains to Sound National Heritage Area

External link to the Alliance of National Heritage Areas


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 About Us. Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. 2021. [accessed 2021 Mar 13].
  2. Mountains to Sound Greenway. In: Wikipedia. 2021. [accessed 2021 Mar 14].
  3. About. Alliance of National Heritage Areas. ANHA. [accessed 2021 Mar 14].


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