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National Public Lands Day 2010

Posted by Lauren Braden at Sep 22, 2010 01:00 PM |

Take a day to give back to your public lands through volunteer trail maintenance.

Horseshoe Ridge vols 150Our public lands are there for us every single day, from the mossy rainforest trails of Olympic National Park to the wildflower meadows in the Pasayten Wilderness. This Saturday, for just one day, let's be there for them.

Saturday September 25 is National Public Lands Day, and its all about giving back. After all, without the stewardship of volunteers, these lands wouldn't be there for us. We'll be out in full force on Saturday with our shovels and pulaskis and hard hats, from the South Fork Skokomish trail to Spokane. Can you give us a hand?

Here are WTA work parties that still have volunteer slots available this National Public Lands Day. To sign up, just click "JOIN." No prior trail experience is necessary. We work from 8:30am - 3:30pm, and we finish the day with pop and cookies at the trailhead. You'll have fun, you'll get a little dirty, you'll meet terrific people, and best of all, you'll be giving back to the public lands that have given you so much.

National Public Lands Day Work Parties

Guemes Mountain Trail - San Juan Islands - Fantastic new trail under construction project in the San Juan Islands. Help make this new trail a reality and enjoy some of the best views to be found from the San Juans. Camping is available if you would like to make this a weekend get-a-way to this sleepy little island, or take the short ferry ride over (and back) just for the day. JOIN.

South Fork Skokomish Trail - Hood Canal Ranger District - We'll continue to revisit maintenance and any necessary trail reconstruction on the lower portion of this trail. Note that we'll meet at the Fish Hatchery and then carpool to the trailhead. Our battle to rebuild and harden this important Olympic Peninsula trail continues! JOIN.

Iller Creek Trail - Spokane County Parks -  We will focus our attention on fixing the west fork of the Iller Creek drainage where erosion has created a trenched trail bed, causing water running down the trail instead of into the creek. Once that is completed we'll work on drainage/erosion control on the main creek trail. JOIN.

Lake Christine Trail - Cowlitz Valley, Glacier View Wilderness - Lake Christine (#249) offers a delightful alpine lake setting with camp spots just 1 mile from the trailhead. Great views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Adams await another 1/2 mile further making a great day trip. But this trail is due for some brushing and tread maintenance! JOIN.