Washington Trails Association news about volunteers and trail maintenance on The Signpost Blog.
Get to Know the Noble Puncheon
Mar 27, 2019
Have you ever wondered what those little bridges are that keep your toes dry and happy on trail? Well, meet the puncheon.
Lopping in a Winter Wonderland: Creative Trail Maintenance in Spokane
Feb 22, 2019
When we think about trail maintenance, a winter wonderland isn’t usually the first setting that comes to mind. But this winter in Spokane, volunteer crew leader Jane Baker proved it can work, and you can have a lot of fun doing it.
Backpack Hacks: Make This Year's Backcountry Trip Awesome
Feb 05, 2019
Learn tips for making your backcountry trip with WTA perfect.
Volunteer Spotlight: Dana Pounds
Jan 14, 2019
WTA trail work volunteer Dana Pounds is the definition of can-do. A 20-year battle with a rare form of cancer hasn't dimmed her positivity and optimism, and losing her leg hasn't kept her off trail. She joined WTA on her first work party earlier this month.
A Trail Work Party With Powerful History
Jan 16, 2019
This winter, WTA volunteers helped rejuvenate Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island.
Major Gains for Lost Trails Around the State
Dec 26, 2018
This year, more than 500 volunteers devoted nearly 15,000 hours of work to saving lost trails across the state. Follow along for a look back at everything we've been up to in our Lost Trails Found campaign.
Columbia Gorge Trails Reopen After Fire
Nov 28, 2018
Gorge area hikers rejoice! After more than a year of burn closures, several trails affected by the Eagle Creek Fire are back in business.
Grant Helps Improve Trail Experiences in Hood Canal Area
Oct 25, 2018
Before & after: take a look at how trails were transformed thanks to a grant and a lot of hard work from WTA volunteers.
Lost Trails Found: Summer Progress Report
Sep 19, 2018
2018 was an incredible summer for our Lost Trails Found campaign! Take a peek at some of the work we accomplished throughout the season.
Two New Loops at Lyle Cherry Orchard
Sep 10, 2018
Thanks to the work of the Friends of the Columbia Gorge and a grant from the National Park Service, WTA will embark on the creation of two new loops and reroute on a section of the Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail in Southwest Washington.
22 Years of Trail Work with WTA
Sep 06, 2018
From volunteer to WTA field manager, Alan Carter Mortimer has dedicated 22 years of work to Washington's trails.
WTA and PSE: A Powerful Partnership
Aug 30, 2018
WTA and Puget Sound Energy are powerful partners in 2018 as both are committed to the health of our environment and of our communities.
Volunteer Spotlight: Kim, Norah and Adam
Sep 10, 2018
Get to know three of our newest hard hat recipients.
Volunteer Spotlight: Clare Paden
Aug 01, 2018
How wrestling with one stubborn stump led one volunteer to taking a leadership role in trail work parties around the state.
Teaming Up with Northwest Youth Corps Up in the Pasayten
Jul 23, 2018
Thanks to WTA supporters and new partnerships, a Lost Trails Youth Corps crew will spend five weeks fixing hard-to-reach sections of trail in the Pasayten Wilderness.
Coordinated Chaos: The Logistics Behind Backcountry Trips
Jul 25, 2018
Outfitting more than 40 backcountry trips over a few months takes organization, patience, and innovation. Logistics Coordinator Rick Beckel relies on spreadsheets and volunteers to keep his cool in the heat of volunteer vacation madness.
Where are They Now? Alex Compeau, Youth Ambassador
Jun 29, 2018
Learn how a past Youth Ambassador has used his experience with WTA to further his passion for trails, outdoor recreation, and the sciences.
Volunteer for Teanaway Community Forest's Stewardship Day
Jun 11, 2018
On June 23, join Washington Trails Association and many of our partners for a fun day of service at the Teanaway Community Forest.
Where Are They Now? Seasonal Crew Leader Jacob Mandell
Jul 16, 2018
Jacob Mandell worked at WTA for two years and his enthusiasm, gentle leadership and big smile were big motivators for the many volunteers he worked with. He's since taken his expertise to Colorado, where he's on a trail maintenance crew in the Routt National Forest.
Our Graduates Are Out-standing In Their Field
May 24, 2018
It's the crew leader and assistant crew leaders (many of them volunteers) who have helped WTA's trail maintenance program become what it is today. Learn how we train the people who lead you on trail.
Like a Boss -- One Youth Volunteer Learns to Lead on Trail
May 22, 2018
Learn how Haylee Darby went from volunteer to youth ambassador to assistant crew leader.
Where Are They Now: Arlen Bogaards
Oct 31, 2018
Arlen Bogaards is our Northwest Regional Manager, but he started his career at WTA as a volunteer.
Where Are They Now? Seasonal Crew Leader Margaret Ullman-Hess
May 24, 2018
Now working for Mountains to Sound Greenway, Margaret Ullman-Hess got her first taste of trail work as a seasonal crew leader with WTA. We asked her what hooked her, and how she took what she learned at WTA into her professional career.
Where Are They Now? Seasonal Crew Leader Lauren Glass
May 29, 2018
Lauren Glass joined WTA two years ago with an impressive resume from working with youth. After two years crew leading with us, she headed to Colorado to manage the youth program at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. We caught up with her to see how it's going.
Learning Skills, Building Strength on All-Girls Work Parties
Apr 04, 2018
For 10 years, WTA's all-girl trips have empowered young women on trail.
Take Care of the Places You Love
Apr 12, 2018
Managing marine debris and keeping Washington's coastal beaches in pristine condition is tough work. Last year, with the help of Washington CoastSavers volunteers, over 20 tons of debris were removed from 60 beaches across the coast.
Volunteer Spotlight: Pat Limberg
Mar 27, 2018
Pat Limberg has been volunteering on trail since WTA's trail maintenance program was a relatively new part of our work. She's stuck around, both on-trail and as an office volunteer, and is happy to see that WTA is still devoted to trails and the wide range of people who care deeply about protecting the places they love to play.
Fairhaven Forest Saved for Future
Mar 16, 2018
With the help of WTA volunteers, Recreation Northwest and Bellingham Parks and Recreation, the lush utopia of cedar, willow, fir and cottonwood trees known as the Fairhaven Forest is a little bit more accessible.
Two WTA Volunteers Recognized by Friends of Olympic National Park
Mar 23, 2018
WTA crew leader Rebecca Wanagel and Washington Trails contributor Kelsie Donleycott have been recognized as super-volunteers this year. Read why.
Online Hiking Community Comes Together to Make a Difference on Trail
Feb 21, 2018
Last week, 24 members of the local online hiking community, Pacific Northwest Outdoor Women, braved the rain and near-freezing temps for a day of trail work on the Grand Ridge trail in the Issaquah Highlands.