Volunteers sought to help restore state park natural areas Sept. 26

September 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015

Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 at Lake Sammamish State Park by joining volunteers from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas.

The volunteer event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register for it or other volunteer opportunities at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.

Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.

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Hike explores the hidden trails of Cougar Mountain

July 8, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 8, 2015

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a hike July 18 to explore some of the lesser-known trails of Cougar Mountain.

But you have to pre-register, so sign up now at www.mtsgreenway.org/trek. Cost is $25 per person.

Cougar Mountain is a favorite destination for trail runners and hikers, but only a small fraction of its trails are well-known. This guided hike will travel from east to west across the mountain, traversing many of its quieter trails.

The Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain hike is a part of the 25th anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek, as participants hike and bike across the proposed Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area from Ellensburg to Seattle.

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Washington recreation groups unite to protect Mountains to Sound Greenway

June 3, 2015

A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.

The signatures were collected between April 15 and May 15 and support formally recognizing the 1.5 million-acre outdoor area connecting Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.

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Ava Frisinger earns Kees Environmental Award

April 14, 2015

Ava Frisinger is the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Kees Environmental Award — the community’s highest honor for environmental advocates — and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association is the first Community Environmental Award honoree.

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The public is invited to attend a special presentation at the City Council regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 20 as Mayor Fred Butler and council members recognize the honorees.

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New cycle track connects trail system

September 16, 2014

A new cycle track now completes the regional trail link between Issaquah and Preston.

King County recently installed a 0.7-mile cycle track along High Point Way, just east of the High Point to Preston regional trail that runs parallel to Interstate 90.

“Filling this gap between Issaquah and Preston allows a cyclist to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle to an overlook at Snoqualmie Falls, a scenic 50-mile journey,” Cynthia Welti, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said in a news release.

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State grants to help restore Issaquah Creek

May 20, 2014

Issaquah will benefit from state grants given out to save Puget Sound.

The Washington departments of Ecology and Commerce, awarded nearly $4 million to Western Washington communities to help rehabilitation efforts to the sound and watersheds emptying into it, according to a May 13 press release.

Specifically in Issaquah, $172,000 will go to a Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust project aimed at Issaquah Creek restoration and controlling invasive plants.

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Fond farewell

January 14, 2014

Ava Frisinger reflects on her 16 years as mayor

These days, Ava Frisinger, when not volunteering her time on various councils and boards, is spending a lot of catch-up time with her grandchildren. She won’t say which role is harder, being Issaquah’s longest-serving mayor or that of grandmother.

By Greg Farrar New Mayor Fred Butler (left) presents Ava Frisinger with a gift from city employees as her husband Bill Frisinger looks on.

By Greg Farrar
New Mayor Fred Butler (left) presents Ava Frisinger with a gift from city employees as her husband Bill Frisinger looks on.

“But being a grandmother is a very satisfying job, rewarding as well,” Frisinger said. “It’s neat to watch kids grow, encourage them to do what it is that they want to do.”

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Mountains to Sound seeks federal title

May 14, 2013

A newly announced bipartisan bill that would designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as a National Heritage Area might have a bumpy road to climb.

U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert held a press conference April 30 to announce his co-signage and support for House Bill 1785, which he introduced April 26. The bill, if passed, would give the title of National Heritage Area to the 1.5 million acres of land that stretches from the Yakima Basin to the Puget Sound.

“There is no other heritage designation in the state of Washington. This would be the first,” he said to a crowded room of leaders and greenway supporters at the King County Library Service Center in Issaquah. “I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to put my name on this legislation.”

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