Mountains to Sound Greenway seeks donations before end of the year

December 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 2, 2014

Time is running out to make a donation to the Mountains to Sound Greenway before the end of the year deadline to qualify for a tax break.

The group’s website has several options to contribute to help with the conservation of its 1.5 million acres under its care.

The group needs people to build and maintain trails, and ensure access, safety and sanitation. It also needs volunteers to clear invasive weeds, help salmon recover and improve habitat for native wildlife.

Donate here to help protect the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

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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$800,000 could go to protect Issaquah Creek

July 22, 2014

Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.

Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.

The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.

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Discover hidden trails of Tiger Mountain on July 19 hike

July 15, 2014

Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway July 19 for a guided hike of the “Hidden Trails of Tiger Mountain” and discover your new favorite retreat on the mountain.

Only 25 spots are left.

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Explore hidden trails of Tiger Mountain on July 19 hike

July 1, 2014

Mountains to Sound Greenway invites you to hike the hidden trails of Tiger Mountain, traversing 9 miles from Issaquah to Preston, where the adventure concludes with a barbecue.

“The bulk of the hike is on Tiger Mountain Trail, but part of it is a guided experience through a network of trails,” said Margaret Ullman-Hess, communications and development manager for Mountains to Sound Greenway. “We worked with Green Trail Map to make a custom map for this trip, creating a journey through Tiger Mountain you may not be able to discover on your own.”

Hikers will park their cars in Preston and take a shuttle to the Harvey Manning statue in Issaquah, where Mayor Fred Butler will welcome the adventurers.

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Celebration is May 10 for Squak Mountain land

April 8, 2014

A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps — the result of a partnership between King County and The Trust for Public Land.

The acquisition adds to King County’s Cougar-Squak Corridor parkland. The area was set for logging more than a year ago.

“Our partnership to protect Squak Mountain’s irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat is cause for celebration,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and the people of King County on behalf of generations who will enjoy hiking, viewing wildlife and other recreation in this forest.”

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Project leader: Issaquah Creek renovation almost complete… again

March 4, 2014

After nearly six months of delays, the Issaquah Creek dam replacement could be finished next month.

Originally slated to be done Sept. 15, the project to remove the 60-year-old dam and replace it with a sloping set of rock weirs experienced weather problems and some undefined setbacks.

State Fish and Wildlife Project Manager Tim Ward said the $3.1 million project is still within the established budget contingency. However, that could change before contractors finish the job.

“Essentially, the contractor incurred some extensions that we’re negotiating right now,” Ward said.

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Help improve outdoor recreation on National Trails Day

May 31, 2013


NEW — 6 a.m. May 31, 2013

Volunteers will celebrate National Trails Day on June 1  at locations throughout the Issaquah area, and you can join in to improve the community’s recreation opportunities.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a trail-awareness program to inspire the public to discover, learn about and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities and trail stewardship projects.

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Dave Reichert to push for Mountains to Sound Greenway federal designation

April 29, 2013

NEW — 5:58 p.m. April 29, 2013

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert will announce legislation Tuesday to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area at the King County Library Service Center.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway, the scenic landscape that stretches from Seattle to central Washington, provides places for nature and wildlife, for outdoor recreation and education, for working forests and farms, and for vibrant urban areas with strong economies, according to a press release from the group.

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Help teen diplomat get to China

April 9, 2013

Issaquah High School freshman Sam Hansen, 15, is one of 20 to 25 students nationwide selected to attend the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China, this summer.

However, he has very little time to raise the $5,500 for tuition, room and board to take advantage of the opportunity. His family is unable to contribute the entire cost of the program, so he is seeking any other financial support he can get, either in the form of donations or work opportunities.

Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen

Each summer, young leaders from across the United States travel to Beijing, China, for a monthlong program to learn about modern China and the art of diplomacy. The program aims to provide America’s future leaders with the skills to represent their country effectively on global issues.

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