Advocacy in the Blog
Current issues affecting trails and hikers.
Hiker Headlines: Hike-a-Thon, Highway 20 Repaving, Dog Mountain Trailhead to Move, Firework Safety
Jun 30, 2022
Registration opens for WTA’s Hike-a-Thon on July 1. Some roads and parking lots on Highway 20 will be affected by a repaving project this month. Plans to move the Dog Mountain trailhead have kicked off. And, please help prevent wildfires this weekend.
Hiker Headlines: Free Days, Outdoor Rec Funding, Road Openings, Methow Planning
Jun 09, 2022
Enjoy a fee-free visit to the trailhead weekend. The Department of Agriculture unveiled $503 million of funding for outdoor recreation projects. Chinook Pass is set to reopen on June 10. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a public workshop to discuss development of the Methow Wildlife Area. And, Washington State Parks will be starting up their summer outdoor concert series.
5 Tips to Get Your Friends to Help Protect Trails
Jun 15, 2022
We recently talked to three hikers who have advocated for trails in official and unofficial ways about what works best to get friends on board for saving trails.
Rep. Strickland Visits WTA Gear Library and Talks Trail Funding
Apr 18, 2022
WTA met with Representative Marilyn Strickland to tour our Puyallup gear library and talk funding for trails.
Hiker Headlines: Olympic Improvements, Conservation Funding, New Place Names
Mar 31, 2022
Ruby Beach will be closed for about three months this spring while access and parking is being improved. The trails along the Ozette triangle are in need of repair. The funding proposal for the Land and Water Conservation Fund meets the minimum but more is needed. A long-awaited trail bridge over the Columbia River will open on April 8. Eighteen derogatory place names in Washington are in the process of being replaced.
2022 Federal Budget Trail Investments Good News — Here’s Why We’re Working for More
Mar 24, 2022
Last week, Congress finalized a federal budget for the 2022 fiscal year. Amid the trillions of dollars within Congress’s new budget — what matters for trails? In some good news, the budget increases investments in the Forest Service, but the numbers fall short of what's needed.
Where We're Going ... We'll Definitely Still Need Roads
Apr 19, 2022
Hikers need roads. But wild weather takes out roads each year, and land management agencies need funding to repair them. Join WTA's Trail Action Network to speak up for public roads funding so you can continue accessing Washington's forests!
Hiker Headlines: New Trail, Recreation Survey, Legislative Wins, Free Day
Mar 17, 2022
Happy St. Patrick's Day! A new WTA-built trail is now open near Port Angeles. The Recreation and Conservation Office wants to hear from you. Eastrail projects received some incredible funding in the recent state budget. And, don't forget about the upcoming fee-free day on March 19.
Hiker Headlines: Spring Forward, National Park Public Input, Good Fire
Mar 10, 2022
Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades want your input on two new proposals. Learn how GirlTrek is celebrating Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday. Prescribed burns are scheduled in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Identify trees with the helpful Trees PNW app. And, don’t forget to spring forward on March 13.
We Did It! WTA Celebrates Game-Changing Investments for Trails, Outdoors this Legislative Session
Mar 11, 2022
WTA helped lead the way to a game-changing win at the state Legislature this year. State public land agencies will receive $15 million annually ($5m per agency) to improve outdoor recreation opportunities by addressing crucial maintenance needs. A new pilot project is being funded to provide leadership opportunities for underrepresented communities in the outdoors. We hope you’ll join us in thanking lawmakers for this huge win.
Hiker Headlines: Sno-Park Status, WTA Advocacy, Icicle Road, MLK Day
Jan 13, 2022
Sno-parks are slow to reopen after last week’s snowstorm. The state legislative session just kicked off in Olympia. Icicle Road near Leavenworth will likely be closed through the weekend. And, entry fees will be waived at public lands on Monday, January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Short Legislative Session, Big Goals for the Outdoors
Feb 07, 2022
WTA is leading exciting requests to the state legislature during this year's short session.
Congress Passed Infrastructure Funding: What it Means for Trails
Nov 10, 2021
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act just passed through Congress, and this secures support for trails across the country, including Washington.
A Plan for Silver Star's Future
Oct 07, 2021
Silver Star mountain in Southwest Washington is a beloved destination facing access issues. The Silver Star Coalition is looking to help with that.
What Do You Want From Seattle Parks? Let Them Know
Sep 29, 2021
The city of Seattle's Parks and Recreation Department wants to hear from you to help them shape their priorities for the coming years.
Two Programs Emerge to Benefit the Health and Well-Being of Washington's Children and Adults
Aug 25, 2021
Two successes from the 2021 legislative session will help connect the benefits of nature with the people of Washington state: The Parks Rx Pilot Program and Licensing for Outdoor, Nature-Based Child Care.
Planning for Paradise: Your Input on Mount Rainier's Future
Aug 18, 2021
Mount Rainier National Park is looking for your help to improve visitor experiences and reduce congestion in the most trafficked area of the park.
You Make Trails Happen: Hikers Speak Up on Washington Trails Day
Aug 10, 2021
On Saturday Aug. 7, several thousand hikers took action at trailheads and online, calling for better funding for the Forest Service in celebration of Washington Trails Day.
One Year Later: How the Great American Outdoors Act Is Funding Trail Fixes
Aug 06, 2021
One year on from the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, funding for stewardship and maintenance of trails has helped WTA to make great strides in our work. With four more years of GAOA funding to go, we're optimistic at what we can achieve, but we know that making trails for everyone, forever will take a lot more work.
How Do You Enjoy the Olympics? Help Plan the Future of Olympic National Forest
Jul 29, 2021
Olympic National Forest is looking to hear how you create in the region as part of their Sustainable Recreation plan.
Outdoors Infrastructure Receives Big Boost in House, Looks for Support in Senate
Jul 09, 2021
The INVEST Act was passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with some legislation important to the outdoors — including the Legacy and Roads Trails Act, the Transit to Trails Act, and the Outdoors for All Act. But they are apart of a larger bill that is now in the hands of the Senate.
Hiker Headlines: Get Outdoors, Federal Wins, Umtanum Bridge, Free Campsites, Artist Point
Jun 10, 2021
This Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day. WTA leaders joined Rep. Kim Schrier to promote the Legacy Roads and Trails Act in Congress. The Umtanum bridge has reopened after extensive repairs to the structure. Eddi Bauer is giving away 1,000 campsites at state parks in Washington and Oregon. Work has begun on clearing the road to Artist Point. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
WTA Joins with Rep. Kim Schrier to Promote Funding for Trails and Roads
Jun 09, 2021
WTA and leaders from the recreation community in Washington gathered to promote the introduction of the Legacy Roads and Trails Act in Congress. The act would help fun road and trail maintenance, as well as environmental restoration and fish passage.
Washington Representative Leads Effort to Fund Trails and Roads
May 07, 2021
Washington Rep. Kim Schrier has introduced the Legacy Roads and Trails Act in Congress. The bill would provide critical public funding to help maintain roads and trails on U.S. Forest Service lands in order to protect endangered species and improve water quality on public lands. Rep. Derek Kilmer cosponsored the legislation.
Hiker Headlines: City Nature, Trail Wins, CATbus to Dog Mountain, Billy Frank Jr.
Apr 29, 2021
The state legislative session wrapped up with big wins for trails. Hikers have a new transit option to get to Dog Mountain. The worldwide City Nature Challenge kicks off this week. A statue of Billy Frank Jr. will be placed at the National Capitol.
The 2021 State Legislative Session was Full of Wins for Trails
Apr 28, 2021
From bringing advocates together for our digital Hiker Rally to asking you to help get budgets over the line, we’ve been excited to share the power of advocates during this year's legislative session. This weekend, the state Legislature wrapped up its 2021 session and we're excited to report that outdoor recreation saw wonderful support from lawmakers.
Early Budget Proposals in Olympia Show Promising Support for Trails
Apr 07, 2021
With only a few weeks left before state lawmakers finalize budgets, we break down how things are looking for trails and outdoor recreation. See where things stand and take action.
Hiker Headlines: Funding, National Park Projects, Pro-Crew, Sno-Park Fee Increase
Mar 25, 2021
It’s March 25. Money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will go to important conservation projects in Washington. North Cascades National Park announced plans to reroute a section of Stehekin Road, and in Olympic National Park a new entrance station will improve traffic flow. WTA is hiring for our first paid, pro trail-work crew. State Parks announced that Sno-Park fees will increase starting next winter. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
5 Big Take-Aways from WTA's First Virtual Hiker Rally
Mar 17, 2021
2021 brought a new twist to our biannual Hiker Rally Day — like many other events have been for the last year, it was all-virtual. WTA staff learned a lot about what it takes to move to an online format. But more importantly, we were inspired, as always, by our hiker advocates who showed up to speak out for our trails and public lands.
Five Land Managers Get Real on the Pandemic and Public Lands
Mar 16, 2021
A year after COVID-19 pandemic began to change our lives in innumerable ways, including in how we get outside, WTA sat down with our land manager partners to talk about the last year. We discussed the opportunities and challenges from the pandemic and the key role that public lands played in people’s mental and physical health. We also talked about the impacts of unprecedented visitors to public lands when agencies were underfunded and trying to keep their staff safe during a public-health crisis. Everyone we talked to was grateful that public lands could be there for people who desperately need exercise, escape and restoration. Our partners also have real concerns for the long-term management of public lands — and they hope to help everyone see how they can ensure that these special spaces so they will be there for generations to come.