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"This little newsletter has been an experiment so far, testing a hunch I've had that such a means of communication among walkers is needed." — Signpost magazine, 1966.

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Boeing and WTA, Coming Together for Trails

Jul 11, 2016

At WTA, we are so grateful for Boeing's investment in our organization, and for the many individual volunteers and members who make our work possible. Together we are making a big collective impact for trails!

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Tips for Safer Hiking to Watch Fireworks (or Stargaze)

Jul 04, 2016

If you're planning to take your Fourth of July fireworks-watching out on trail, you may find yourself hiking home well after dark. A few tips for traveling trails in the dark.

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Deadline July 8: Comment on Okanogan-Wenatchee Motorized Plan

Jun 30, 2016

Where can you drive a car, ATV or dirt bike in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest? That's the question for hikers to weigh in on before July 8.

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Speak Up For Trails on the Colville National Forest

Jun 24, 2016

The Forest Service is seeking public comments on the Draft Revised Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Colville National Forest released earlier this year.

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Meet the Trail Community: Land Manager

Jun 23, 2016

What does a career with an agency that primarily works with water have to do with trails on terra firma?

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Next Week: Attend a Meeting on Road Access in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Jun 16, 2016

Last week, the Forest Service released a Draft Environmental Assessment for Motorized Travel Management within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The public is invited to attend public meetings next week.

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Wildfires Already? Learning from the Meadow Creek Fire

Jun 15, 2016

June, often wet and cool, is not typically wildfire season in Washington. But firefighters have already had to content with several small human-caused fires this year.

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Meet the Trail Community: Meteorologist

Jun 09, 2016

Though it's summer, there's still snow high up. NWAC meteorologist Dennis D'Amico knows what the weather's doing, and his forecasts help you (and him) make good decisions about where to go hiking.

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Hiking with a New Baby

Jun 09, 2016

Youth Programs Director Krista Dooley and her husband recently welcomed a new baby. She shares what it was like to recuperate from birth, and how hiking has changed for her and her husband now that they're sharing the trail with a third little hiker.

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Q&A with Craig Romano: Washington's '100 Classic Hikes' Guidebook, Rebooted

Jun 08, 2016

Mountaineers Books will launch a gorgeous 3rd edition of "100 Classic Hikes in Washington" and the new edition is far more than a refresh.

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Christina Benton: Mama on a Mission

Jun 08, 2016

Last winter, Christina Benton took to the road with her three kids, for a 64-day trek across the country. Her goal: to share America's National Parks with her children, and to raise awareness about the park service's lack of visitors who look like her family.

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Get Your Kid in a Park This Summer

Jun 08, 2016

Maximize your Every Kid in a Park pass with these starter ideas.

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A Poet's Guide to Trails

Jun 08, 2016

Local high schooler Wallis Boram has compiled 'A Poet's Guide to Trails', an original piece of work featuring poems highlighting five of Washington's trails.

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Senators Murray, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Protect Methow Valley

May 26, 2016

Senator Patty Murray and Representative Maria Cantwell have introduced legislation supporting the Methow Headwaters campaign lead by local residents, farmers and businesses.

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Then and Now: Volunteering

May 26, 2016

Joining a work party has never been easier, and volunteers are needed more than ever to keep hiking experiences possible.

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Help Map the Future at Mica Peak

May 24, 2016

Join Spokane County Parks in exploring Mica Peak Conservation Area and informing the development of a new recreational trail system.

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Forest Service Hires WTA Volunteer for Trail Crew

May 24, 2016

This summer, WTA assistant crew leader Cindy Nguyen will join the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as a member of a wilderness trail crew. We asked her how WTA helped shape her path, and get her to where she is now.

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New Trail Links Recreation Areas near Anacortes

May 24, 2016

The nearly-complete John Tursi Trail is a vision decades in the making. WTA volunteers have helped make this connector between Deception Pass and Anacortes a reality, and a ribbon cutting is scheduled for June 4.

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Blister Woes? New Study Suggests Paper Tape Might Help Your Toes

May 20, 2016

After years of wondering how to best prevent blisters, a recent study from Stanford Medicine has brought some new insight to the debate.

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Meet the Trail Community: Advocate

May 18, 2016

Thanks to Mike Denny's background in researching and exploring, he's a champion for trails, helping the next generation develop an appreciation for the natural world.

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Backcountry Trips, New Exhibit at Mount St. Helens

May 17, 2016

Backpack and give back to Mount St. Helens with a backcountry volunteer trip. Or visit to a new photo exhibit opening around the 36th anniversary of Mount St. Helen's eruption.

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