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.



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Emory R. Wanger


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Show Notes

  • Introductions

  • 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

  • Eduction first

  • 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