Hiker Headlines: WTA Leadership Change, Wildfire Prevention, New State Park in Progress
It's April 21. Jill Simmons is stepping down as CEO. Snow is in the forecast for the major mountain passes. Eastern Washington is preparing for the upcoming fire season. And, Nisqually State Park is on its way to being built and wants your input.
It's April 21. Jill Simmons is stepping down as CEO. Snow is in the forecast for the major mountain passes. Eastern Washington is preparing for the upcoming fire season. And, Nisqually State Park is on its way to being built and wants your input. Here's some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
WTA leadership change: After five years, WTA chief executive officer Jill Simmons is stepping down. WTA chief impact officer Jaime Loucky will be taking over as interim CEO. Thank you for five years at WTA, Jill!
Snow season: Winter weather is still here in Washington. As WSDOT continues to clear Chinook Pass and North Cascades Highway, major mountain passes Stevens, Blewett, Snoqualmie, and White are all predicted to see snow this weekend. Be prepared if you plan to drive in the mountains.
Wildfire prevention: Four Eastern Washington fire districts were given wildfire engines by the Department of Natural Resources to help strengthen fire response in wildfire-prone rural areas this year. DNR also helped kick off the second year of Chelan’s Wildfire Ready Neighbors program. The program, which will soon expand to Spokane and Yakima, provides residents with resources and tools to help protect themselves from wildfires. Be sure to brush up on wildfire safety before the season starts.
New state park in progress: Nisqually State Park is an ongoing project, and the state park would be the first to have a campground co-managed by an Indigenous tribe. Washington State Parks invites you to give your thoughts on how the new park should look at their upcoming public meeting on April 28.
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