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Protecting Lands & Trails: Funding, Conservation and Policy

Budgets for public lands and trails have continued to shrink, even though we see more and more people getting outdoors. This makes it more difficult to keep our backcountry trails open and accessible and make the most iconic hiking destinations sustainable long term. Join WTA in becoming an advocate for increasing funding for our public land agencies and protecting the wild places surrounding the trails we love, from the remote wilderness to local parks and greenspaces.

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Budgets for public lands and trails have continued to shrink, even though we see more and more people getting outdoors. This makes it more difficult to keep our backcountry trails open and accessible and make the most iconic hiking destinations sustainable long term.

WTA has long been an advocate for increasing funding for our public land agencies and protecting the wild places surrounding the trails we love, from the remote wilderness to local parks and greenspaces. Whether you take action by writing to your legislator, joining a Hiker Rally Day in Olympia or signing a petition on Washington Trails Day, hikers’ stories have the power to affect powerful change.

We protect our trails and lands through:

  • Funding for federal, state and local land management agencies.
    We strongly supported the recently-passed historic Great American Outdoors Act, which included full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We’ve led some major wins in 2022 that will fund our largest state land management agencies for years to come, and we continue to support federal priorities that bring investments to trails and the agencies who support them.
  • Protecting wildlands and parks.
    We advocated for protection of the Teanaway Community Forest through acquisition from private development to public ownership.
  • Legislation and policy.
    We work every year in both Washington D.C. and Olympia, discussing with lawmakers the importance of our public lands and trails for people’s hearts, minds and bodies.

How to help Protect Washington's Trails