U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert recognized 47th District State Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn with an award Tuesday from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to honor his conservation leadership. Fain, along with several of his Senate colleagues, was instrumental in preserving funding for the environmental project during the 2011 legislative session.
“These types of conservation efforts protect our natural resources and quality of life without sacrificing job creation or damaging our business environment,” said Fain. “The Mountains to Sound Greenway project is example of how much we can accomplish when businesses, environmentalists, Republicans and Democrats partner together.”
According to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition – which has advocated funding of dozens of projects along the greenway – Fain worked in a bipartisan manner to help continue funding for the wildlife conservation program. In July 2010, the state Office of Financial Management recommended to the governor that funding for the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program be eliminated from the state’s capital budget. Fain, along with Sens. Steve Litzow of Mercer Island and Andy Hill of Redmond, sent letters to legislative leadership requesting support for the process that kept the WWRP funded.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway connects pristine natural areas with towns and communities, providing access to wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities from central Washington to Seattle.