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How We Work with Partners

Our impact is stronger when we effectively collaborate with other user groups to advocate for trails. WTA works with a variety of coalitions to improve policy and funding decisions.
Partners in DC 2014

Washington Trails Association’s impact is stronger when we effectively collaborate with a diverse range of user groups to advocate for trails.

Working with our partners, we are able to leverage expertise, resources and skills far more than we could by working alone. Together we discover common ground on issues ranging from wilderness stewardship to the development of new trails and ensuring access to our favorite wild places.

WTA is proud of the partnerships it has built over the years and looks forward to building more in the years to come.

Washington Outdoor Alliance

In 2014 WTA joined forces with fellow muscle-powered recreation organizations to create the Washington Outdoor Alliance. We come together on issues relating to recreation, access and conservation.

Together we represent more than 34,000 members (and a much broader community) who recreate on public lands in Washington. Washington Outdoor Alliance members are working on state and federal public policy issues, such as a state recreational trail policy, ensuring access to trails and public lands and increasing funding for our national forests and national parks.

Washington Outdoor Alliance is comprised of: The Access Fund, American Alpine Club, American Whitewater, El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, The Mountaineers, Washington Climbers Coalition and Washington Trails Association.


Local, state and federal government agency partners

WTA works with a variety of local, state and federal government agencies including the United States Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks and a number of cities and counties throughout the state. For example, WTA is currently working with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on its Sustainable Roads project and co-leads the Sustainable Roads Cadre with The Wilderness Society.


Nonprofit partners

WTA works with a variety of conservation and recreation organizations to advocate for trails, wild places and continued access to our public lands. Some of our partners include:

  • Access Fund
  • American Alpine Club
  • American Hiking Society
  • American Whitewater
  • Back Country Horsemen of Washington
  • Cascade Mountain Runners
  • Conservation Northwest
  • Eastside Greenway Alliance
  • El Sendero Backcountry Ski Club
  • Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge
  • Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • Outdoor Alliance
  • Pacific Crest Trail Association
  • The Mountaineers
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Washington Climbers Coalition
  • Washington Bikes
  • Washington Wild
  • Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition


Washington Trails Association engages in formal and informal committees to work with others on trails and public lands issues.

Recently, WTA  co-leaded the Sustainable Roads Cadre, a diverse group of more than 30 user groups ranging from conservation, hunting, hiking and off-road vehicles to forestry, stewardship and tourism. The group worked informally with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to ensure the public has a say about the roads that are important to them as part of the Sustainable Roads project.

WTA is also a member of the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee, a 20-member committee that is helping the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife develop a management plan for the newly established Teanaway Community Forest in Kittitas County.