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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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Reflecting on 50: Milestones and Moments Ahead

May 16, 2016

A conversation with three board members who are sharing their birthdays with Washington Trails Association.

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Then and Now: Gear

May 12, 2016

A lot has changed in fabrics and materials since the 1960's. See how hiking gear has developed over the last 50 years.

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Emerging from a Rough Winter for Roads and Trails

May 06, 2016

As the snow melts, damaged roads and trails are hindering hikers hoping to access their favorite trails.

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Meet The Trail Community: Ham Radio Operator

May 05, 2016

For Tim Nair, reaching the summit is just the beginning of his day. We asked him what exactly goes into being a ham radio operator in the backcountry.

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Help Shape the Future of John Wayne Trail

May 03, 2016

Hikers have another chance to help Washington State Parks determine the future for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail at two public meetings in Preston (near Issaquah) and Ritzville.

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Hikers, Hunters, Birders on Public Lands Mean Millions for Local Communities

May 02, 2016

Communities near Bureau of Land Management (BLM) properties benefit from millions of dollars in spending from non-motorized recreation, according to a new study by ECONorthwest.

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New Partnerships Strengthen WTA's Volunteer Education

May 01, 2016

WTA has partnered with the Mount St. Helens Institute and other organizations to improve our impact on trails as well as the community in Southwest Washington.

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Then and Now: Trailhead Transportation

Apr 28, 2016

Ways of reaching the trailhead have transformed over the last 50 years. See how getting to Washington's wild spaces has never been easier.

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Meet the Trail Community: Artist

Apr 25, 2016

One look at Herb Purganan’s expansive landscape oil paintings and you notice a theme: vastness. It’s clear that nature inspires him, so we asked what it’s like to experience a trail through the eyes of an artist.

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UPDATED: Victory! Congress Revives Land and Water Conservation Fund

Apr 21, 2016

Conservationists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts celebrate the inclusion of a critical conservation program in the federal budget deal.

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Highway 20 (N. Cascades Hwy) Set to Reopen Friday

Apr 20, 2016

After the annual winter closure, Highway 20 in the North Cascades is set to open on Friday, April 22 at 11 a.m.

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Good News for Pacific Crest Trail in Washington

Apr 18, 2016

New protected views from the PCT, and a call to clear the way from Canada for southbound hikers.

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Spring Hike Ideas for Washington's National Parks Week

Apr 15, 2016

Saturday kicks off the start of National Parks Week. From April 16-24, you can visit any National Park without paying an entrance fee. Get a few ideas for snow-free places to celebrate.

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An Evening to Celebrate Trails

Apr 15, 2016

Join American Hiking Society, Washington Trails Association and Eddie Bauer Guide Seth Waterfall for an event to celebrate trails and the hiking experience in Washington State!

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Then and Now: Variable Winters

Apr 14, 2016

Mountain snowpack changes how hikers access higher elevation trails. With a return to normal snow amounts in 2016, it may be a bit longer before hikers can enjoy certain areas.

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Raising Tomorrow's Trail Stewards

Apr 11, 2016

The Homeschool Stewardship Squad allows kids and parents to volunteer, play and learn together outside. Heidi Watters organized the squad in 2011, and we asked her some history and tips for encouraging your own little ones.

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Methow Community Rallies to Preserve Valley's Character, Water & Economy

Apr 11, 2016

In response to a new mining proposal, community members are coming together to protect the area for future generations.

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Meet the Trail Community: Chocolatier

Apr 07, 2016

As a small business owner, it can be difficult to grab a little time in nature. Autumn Martin, owner of Hot Cakes in Seattle brought nature into her business. And, she's sending the profits back out to help the trails she loves.

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Oregon Senator's Bill Proposes Increasing Outdoor Access, Jobs

Apr 07, 2016

After collecting comments from constituents last fall, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has introduced the "Recreation Not Red-Tape Act" to promote job growth in the outdoor recreation industry and attempts to remove barriers to the outdoors.

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WTA Crews to Tackle New Ground in the City

Apr 01, 2016

WTA staff members are busy across Washington state for our 50th Anniversary. But that means loose ends at home. Read about one generous donation helping us keep tidy yards while we're away.

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Outdoor Adventures for Girls: Sign Up for a Summer Volunteer Vacation

Mar 31, 2016

Sign up solo and meet a whole crew of new friends, or bring a friend and have an adventure together.

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