Episode 75 Connecting People and Places with the Washington Trails Association
The Washington Trails Association is an example of what is possible when people come together in a concerted effort to help ensure our trail systems are here to stay. Since the beginning of this podcast, I’ve had guests mention time and again that the WTA is making a difference and I wanted to find out why.
On this episode, we dive into the history of the WTA, their reach, their projects, their mission, and everything else that makes up a trails association. We not only discuss the past and present, but we dive into what the future holds for our trail systems as well.
Emory R. Wanger
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Backstory on the WTA
What the WTA is and does
How the WTA works
What’s possible with an org like the WTA
Partnering with other organizations
How trails were created and what prevents them from being maintained
The dream scenario and long term plans
The impact of the outdoor economy
Investing in the outdoors
A return to the outdoors
Getting involved in a trail crew
A day in the life of a trail volunteer
Funding the WTA
What’s at risk by doing nothing to protect the outdoors
Finding a trail to hike
Learning to a ppreciating the small things on a hike
How to follow up with the WTA to learn more