Mountains to Sound Greenway receives $25,000 to restore park habitat
June 7, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
Lake Sammamish State Park received a special delivery June 6 — a $25,000 FedEx and National Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Partnership Grant for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to continue habitat restoration efforts in the 512-acre park.
The grant supplements a $50,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Community Salmon Fund Grant received last year alongside a grant from the King Conservation District.
“Our work with NFWF enables FedEx team members to collaborate and work directly with local nonprofits to improve the air, water and urban spaces that we share in the communities where we live and work,” Mitch Jackson, vice president for environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp., said in a news release. “A significant portion of our operations, people and facilities are based in metropolitan centers, and we value helping to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways.”
In addition, FedEx employees plan to volunteer at the state park June 16 as part of the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and volunteer efforts in local communities through the EarthSmart program. The volunteers work at a distribution center in a commercial area adjacent to the state park.
“The greenway is a place where we can come together for the good of the environment and the community,” Margaret Ullman, volunteer program manager for the greenway trust, said in the news release.
The greenway stretches along Interstate 90 from the Seattle waterfront to Central Washington. The greenbelt links natural areas, farms, forests, communities, recreation opportunities and habitat for wildlife.