(Monday, October 27, 2014) - The following are soundbites from James Schroeder, Eastern Washington Program Director for The Nature Conservancy, regarding a historic acquisition of 47,921 acres in the central Cascades to safeguard clean water, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. The land, located on both sides of I-90 between Snoqualmie Pass and Ellensburg, and about an hourâ€™s drive from Seattle, is important for people and wildlife alike. Its acquisition for conservation is a major milestone in the ongoing effort to ensure Washingtonâ€™s natural heritage.
THIS LAND IS RIGHT IN THE BACK YARD OF PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CASCADES AND HAS STATEWIDE VALUE FOR WILDLIFE AND PRESERVATION OF OUR NATURAL HERITAGE. IT ALSO PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RECREATION WHERE PEOPLE CAN ENJOY FISHING, HUNTING, HIKING AND CROSS COUNTRY SKIING. (:15)
WE ARE COMMITTED TO A DIALOG WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE A STAKE IN THIS LAND TO DEVELOP A SHARED VISION FOR THIS PRECIOUS PIECE OF WASHINGTONâ€™S NATURAL HERITAGE (:15)