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Washington State Department of Natural Resources * Mountains to Sound Greenway

A new trail is only the start in the Middle Fork

SEATTLE, May 22, 2012 -- Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and CEO of REI and Mountains to Sound Greenway Past President, Sally Jewell, will kick off National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2nd in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley by celebrating successes over the past decade and announcing upcoming enhancements to this very special place in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

National Trails Day Kick-off   Saturday, June 2nd, 9:00 am
Volunteers needed 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location Valley Camp, 49515 SE Middle Fork Road, North Bend, WA 98045

Upcoming projects include the construction of a new Mailbox Peak trail and trailhead, conversion of roads to trails in Granite Creek Basin and access improvements, including paving, to the Middle Fork Road. Highlighted will be the many years of work in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) by dedicated supporters and the importance of improving recreational access near a major metropolitan area.

The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley is a spectacular place in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. A once-tarnished area that was plagued by illegal dumping and unsafe conditions, this magnificent valley, which leads into the Cascades and the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is becoming a significant conservation story, thanks to the unflagging advocacy and hard work of many individuals and groups. Over the past two decades, volunteers have worked tirelessly to transform this former dumping ground into a recreational paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, complete with improved wildlife habitat, ecological preservation and resource management in this spectacular, 100,000-acre valley that is less than an hour’s drive from Seattle.

“We all love trails that lure us upward with the promise of fabulous views, like Mailbox Peak” said Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark. “It’s taken quite an effort to design and launch construction of Mailbox Peak Trail, but we will have a safe and sustainable alternative to the current trail. I appreciate the public private collaborations and funding that are essential to making it happen.”

Today, from hiking or wildlife viewing in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCA to kayaking the Snoqualmie River, the valley offers diverse outdoor adventures in the Mountains to Sound Greenway that participants don’t take for granted.

Volunteers are also needed at Mailbox Peak on National Trails Day, to break ground on this trail improvement project. Additionally, volunteers can lend a hand maintaining some of the area’s most well-loved trails at Tiger Mountain State Forest.

To volunteer on National Trails Day at either of these locations, visit www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer, call 206-812-0122, or email volunteer@mtsgreenway.org.

For more information on the story of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley and Mailbox Peak, please visit: www.mtsgreenway.org/blog.

ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY
The Mountains to Sound Greenway connects natural areas, trails, working farms and forests, historic towns and communities, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington. The Greenway provides easy access to recreation and nature for millions of people in the Northwest, key to the quality of life in this region.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance this landscape, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, teach people of all ages about the importance of conserving forests and wildlife, improve recreation access, create new parks and trails and mobilize thousands of volunteers. The Mountains to Sound Greenway is a place like no other. It’s time to make it official. In 2012, the Greenway Trust launched a campaign to pursue a National Heritage Area Designation by the US Congress. The designation of the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area by the U.S. Congress is a key strategy in preserving this iconic landscape.

ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION AREAS
Mailbox Peak trail climbs through the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). DNR manages 31 NRCAs and 54 natural area preserves (NAPs) on more than 145,000 acres statewide. NRCAs protect lands having high conservation values for ecological systems, scenic qualities, wildlife habitat and low-impact recreational opportunities. Environmental education and approved research projects occur on both NAPs and NRCAs. NAPs protect high-quality examples of native ecosystems and rare plant and animal species. NAPs serve as genetic reserves for Washington’s native species and as reference sites for comparing natural and altered environments.

CONTACTS

For more information: www.mtsgreenway.org  
Press releases can be found at www.mtsgreenway.org/news-room

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