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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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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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5 Ways Hikers Can Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants

Mar 31, 2016

Tips to help you stop the spread of invasive species while you are hiking.

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Then and Now: Maps and Shifting Borders

Mar 31, 2016

Despite remaining fairly static, park borders and trails do sometimes change, impacting the effectiveness of your maps.

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Telling the Teanaway’s Geologic Story

Mar 30, 2016

If the hills of the Teanaway could talk they would tell tales of bubbling lava, earth ripped asunder and a shoreline triggered by great blocks of melting glacial ice.

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Agencies Analyzing Modernization of Dams, Water Diversions in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Mar 29, 2016

Chelan County and the Washington State Department of Ecology are proposing modernization of dams and water diversions on lakes within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

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In Spring, More Wildlife -- Including Bears and Ticks -- Out and About

Mar 25, 2016

Spring is a sensitive time for wildlife, and a good time to give all animals an extra space and respect. Test your trail smarts about hiking in habitats that bears or ticks call home.

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Walk-Up Only for Wilderness Camping Permits at Mount Rainier in 2016

Mar 23, 2016

Mount Rainier National Park announced today that the park will only be processing wilderness camping and climbing permits on a first-come, first-served basis in 2016.

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Protect Mountains to Sound Greenway, Contact Your Legislators Today

Mar 18, 2016

Decision makers need to hear from local voices that protecting the Greenway is a priority.

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Meet the Trail Community: Wildlife Biologist

Mar 17, 2016

To wildlife biologist David Moskowitz, going on a hike might mean walking through someone else's bedroom. Learn how this perspective changes his experience on trail.

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Then and Now: An Analog DIY for the Digital Age

Mar 17, 2016

Before backpacks had storage for cellphones and cameras, hikers had to create their own means of carrying personal items. Learn how to make your own DIY shoulder strap pouch.

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6 Tips to Stay Happy When Its Wet on Trail

Mar 17, 2016

Check out WTA's tips that will help you stay happy and warm on those days when the sun isn't shining.

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Join WTA and Hiking Guidebook Author Tami Asars on Twitter for a Wonderland Trail Q&A

Mar 15, 2016

Follow @WTA_hikers and use the tag #hikingQA on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST to ask Tami Asars your questions about the Wonderland Trail.

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To Prevent Lost Trails, Training Tomorrow's Backcountry Stewards

Mar 11, 2016

Trails get lost in a variety of ways and volunteers have the skills to find them. But how does a person actually learn to care for our treasured places?

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Then and Now: The First Online Trip Report

Mar 04, 2016

Hear about the humble beginnings of wta.org and the first trip report filed online.

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Speak Up Now for Recreation Roads Near Mount Baker

Mar 03, 2016

The National Forest is analyzing the North Fork Nooksack road system near Mount Baker. Hikers have until March 7 to weigh in on the future of trailhead access along these recreational roads.

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Attend a Meeting in Cheney or Ellensburg to Plan the Future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Mar 01, 2016

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is the longest state rail-trail reaching across Washington from east to west and hikers have the opportunity to help plan for the future of the trail.

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Learning to Get Along

Mar 01, 2016

Before the internet, websites, blogs and social media, hikers and land managers lacked opportunities to communicate and stay connected.

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Leap Day: 8 Photos to Jump Start Your Hiking Season

Feb 29, 2016

Sometimes the views on trail are just so good, you have to catch some air. Happy Leap Day, everyone!

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Protect Trails From Mining Near Mount St. Helens

Feb 29, 2016

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is requesting comments on a proposal to conduct exploratory mining near Mount St. Helens National Historic Monument.

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