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Gold Creek PondFrom the shores of Puget Sound, over the Cascades, to the grasslands of Central Washington, parks, natural areas and working farms and forests are being connected, piece by piece. Of the 1.5 million acres of land in the Greenway, over 900,000 are publicly-owned by local, state and federal agencies. The remainder are the vibrant cities and towns where we live and work.

The Greenway's proximity to over three million people makes it an extremely valuable regional asset that provides recreation, tourism, clean air and clean water. The Greenway preserves a permanent, connected landscape that ensures the environmental health of the region and is key to our quality of life.

The Greenway Trust does not own land. Instead, we work with public agencies and land conservation organizations to find funding and willing sellers to create this connected green landscape.

Recent acquisitions include:

  • The Nature Conservancy purchases much of the remaining Plum Creek checkerboard lands in Kittitas County, 48,000 in total.
  • King County works with the Foster Family Farm to permanently conserve 135 acres with a half mile of Snoqualmie riverfront.
  • The Teanaway Community Forest, over 50,000 acres of forestland north of Cle Elum conserved as part of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan with funding from the State Legislature.
  • More than 100 acres of land near the I-90 and SR 18 interchange at Echo Lake through a partnership between the Washington Department of Natural Resources, King County and the Trust for Public Land.
  • 4,800 acres purchased by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, with assistance from the Nature Conservancy, of checkerboarded private lands near the LT Murray Wildlife Area west of Ellensburg.
  • One full section, 640 acres, of forestland south of Lake Easton acquired by Forterra on behalf of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
  • A large addition to the Cougar / Squak Corridor south of Issaquah, purchased by King County with help from the Trust for Public Land.

Since 1990 over $450 million has been invested in over 190 separate transactions by federal, state and local agencies to purchase or exchange 220,000 acres of new public land to connect the scenic, recreation landscape in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. An additional 100,000 acres have been preserved by conservation easement.

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